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ULI Impact Awards Showcase Development

...This year, ULI Oklahoma selected 19 finalists in six categories for the 5th Annual Impact Awards. The winners will be announced at the event Friday evening at the Tower Theatre. In addition, ULI Oklahoma will honor the Gathering Place in Tulsa for the Distinguished Merit Award and will recognize retired Oklahoma City manager Jim Couch for the Distinguished Service Award.

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at Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Gathering Place Cabinet Of Wonders Inspires Curiosity

Have you heard of the Cabinet of Wonders in the Gathering Place Boathouse? Well, we did, and we wanted to know more about it.

"The Cabinet of Wonder" is an art installation by artist Mark Dion.

Kirsten Hein is the Vice President of Programming. She says the artist has assembled a wonderful collection of random things. They're on shelves, on the walls and in drawers.

It's all about curiosity and wonder...

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at Thursday, February 7, 2019

Lost Toy Goes on Gathering Place Adventure Before Returning to Texas Family 

Tulsa's Gathering Place created an amazing memory for members of a Texas family who lost a precious stuffed animal while visiting the park over the holidays.

Jadah Queen told FOX23 she brought her family of eight to Tulsa from Lewisville, Texas, for a Christmas vacation. Her friend told her that if there was anything she needed to do while in town, it was to take her six kids for a day at the Gathering Place.


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at Thursday, January 24, 2019

Voters Choose Gathering Place as USA Today’s Best New Attraction

Gathering Place is adding “Best New Attraction” to its list of accolades after winning the USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice 2018 Best New Attraction award. On Friday, Jan. 18, Executive Park Director Tony Moore was joined by Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum in the Williams Lodge to announce the Park receiving the national honor at the same time USA Today announced it to their 2.6 million readers.

“The Gathering Place being named the country’s Best New Attraction is a monumental moment for the Park, our employees and all guests that have joined us since the grand opening in September,” says Moore. “It has been exciting to see the community and country come together to vote for our inclusive space as a top destination in the nation...”

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at Monday, January 21, 2019

The 38 Cheapest Places To Travel In 2019 

Every year, I tap into experts and influencers to find out their picks for cheap travel in the upcoming year. For 2019, I convinced a group of travel wizards to open their little black books and recommend their favorite places to travel on a budget. They also shared the smartest ways to see these places (affordable hotels, bargain restaurants), and they zeroed in on some money-saving ways to visit otherwise expensive locations... 

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Gathering Place Named USA Today's Best New Attraction

Gathering Place, a new riverfront park in Tulsa, was designed as an inclusive green space where residents and visitors alike can relax and engage with one another. The expansive park makes use of more than 6 million... 

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Gathering Place's Winter Wonderland is Holiday Magic

It's barely December, and already Joss and I have helped select a cut-your-own Christmas Tree at Prairie Pines Christmas Tree Farm (in Wichita), attended both Tulsa Botanic Garden's Garden of Lights and Philbrook Festival, run into Santa waiting for a photo shoot at Ida Red downtown, browsed the annual Kendall-Whittier Pop-Up Shops as well as the ultimate Christmas shop, Adorn Tulsa (thanks for the tip, Jen Kerckhoff!) and---our latest adventure--Gathering Place's inaugural Winter Wonderland!

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at Wednesday, December 5, 2018

HollyFrontier Gives $5 Million to Gathering Place, Park's Largest Gift of 2018

Located across the Arkansas River from Gathering Place, HollyFrontier had a front row seat to the park’s construction.

Now, the company is helping secure its future.

The petroleum refiner and marketer announced Saturday that it is donating $5 million to the park and toward the beautification of the west bank of the riverfront north of the pedestrian bridge. It is the largest gift of the year to the $465 million Gathering Place, whose 66.5-acre first phase opened Sept. 8...

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at Saturday, December 1, 2018

First Winter Wonderland at Gathering Place to Bring Something New to Tulsa Holidays

Tulsa has a host of outstanding events and festive places that make the holidays special, said Tony Moore, executive director of Gathering Place.

But this year, they’ll have another destination — filled with all of the spectacle and nostalgia of the season — to visit with family and friends...

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at Friday, November 30, 2018

Gathering Place Unveils World Premiere of ‘Cabinet of Wonder’ by World Renowned Artist Mark Dion

The Cabinet of Wonder, a Mark Dion project done in collaboration with Mark Scogin and Merrill Elam-Architects, opened to the public at the Gathering Place ONEOK Boat House on Saturday, Nov. 3. The first-of-its-kind installation is the inaugural piece of a program in which various recognized artists will travel to Gathering Place to leave their mark on Tulsa by creating public art installations throughout the park...

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My 2 Cents: The Gathering Place A Sight To Behold

I've been hearing about it for months, Tulsa's new park near downtown called The Gathering Place.

So, when we were in Tulsa for the day this past weekend we had to go see if it lives up to all of the hype.

In a word, YES! This park cost more than $400 million to build, most of it privately funded, and a good chunk of that from Tulsa billionaire George Kaiser. And it is amazing.

I think the best way to describe it is to compare it to the Oklahoma City Zoo.

I shot the shaky video above on my cell phone...

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Curiouser and Curiouser: 'Cabinet of Wonder' Exhibit Opens at Gathering Place Boathouse

The phrase “Cabinet of Wonder” could easily apply to most of the work artist Mark Dion has created throughout his career.

Dion’s site-specific installations create unique worlds out of hundreds of found objects, all carefully arranged so that the familiar and the exotic are juxtaposed in ways to spark the viewer’s imagination.

On Saturday, Dion’s most recent work, titled “Cabinet of Wonder,” will open to the public in the ONEOK Boathouse at Gathering Place. It is the first art exhibit to be installed in the park...

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at Saturday, November 3, 2018

Gathering Place Attendance Exceeds 300,000 During First Month

Sarah Ingle is exactly the kind of person Gathering Place Executive Director Tony Moore has been hearing from all the time this past month.

Ingle and her daughters, Janna, 5, and Abigail, 2, made their third visit to the park on Friday. According to Moore, they’re not alone in making multiple trips to the $400 million attraction in its first month of operation.

“I run into people in the park that say, ‘Look, this is my fifth time this week’, or, ‘Since you’ve opened, I’ve been there 20 times,’ ” said Moore. “It’s a little mind boggling.”...

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at Monday, October 8, 2018

State of Play

American Way-American Airlines Magazine

Against the red brick wall of a disused building on New York’s Governors Island, a small crowd of children has built a shantytown out of wooden pallets and old couches. A ravaged boat hull juts out of the debris, as does a tangle of mannequin torsos. A boy, perhaps 8 years old, climbs a ladder atop a wooden fort, triumphantly raising a golf putter above his head. From where he stands, it’s a 12-foot drop to the ground, and for a wobbly moment it looks as if he might fall. But then he grins, king of the castle, and clambers down to join his playmates below...

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at Monday, October 1, 2018

15 Best Playgrounds in the United States

It's your first destination on a beautiful Saturday morning, your go-to for an after-school playdate, and one of the most reliable resources when you're fresh out of parenting inspiration—the playground. The exciting world of playground design is something you can't replicate in the isolation of your own backyard or even in the school parking lot...

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at Friday, September 28, 2018

7 Ridiculously Affordable Fall Vacations for 2018

...1. Tulsa, OK
Tulsa is a city that has come into its own in recent years, with an explosion of public art and family-friendly activities, plus low-cost dining and lodging options. This destination tops our list with the opening of the Gathering Place this fall, one of the largest parks in the U.S. Its 100 acres are filled with recreation options, such as hiking and biking trails, an interactive water maze, an enchanted fairyland, and towers linked by rope bridges — and it’s all free...

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at Thursday, September 27, 2018

A Short Guide to Tulsa’s New $465 Million Park

On September 8, Tulsa celebrated the grand opening of Gathering Place, a new park beside the Arkansas River near the city’s Maple Ridge neighborhood. The goal behind it, says Executive Park Director Tony Moore, is to bring together Tulsans from all walks of life so they can enjoy a shared experience. That’s not unusual—but Gathering Place is very different from the average public park in its variety of spaces and sheer scale...

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at Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Gathering Place becoming hot spot for birding, butterflies and more critter-watching

With croaks and squeaks barely audible over the din of conversation, children laughing, people on bicycles and skateboards racing past, large white birds with 5-foot wingspans spiraled in to roost at Gathering Place Thursday evening.

“People roll on by and don’t even notice,” avid birder and longtime Audubon Society member Jeff Cox noted...

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at Tuesday, September 18, 2018

New Leaf Clients Explore the Gathering Place

TULSA -- A New Leaf brought a few of their clients to the Gathering Place to check it out. 

Job coaches at the nonprofit for people with disabilities take the clients on field trips to explore what Tulsa has to offer.

Tuesday, they ventured out to the new, highly-talked about park on Riverside Drive...

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at Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The Gathering Place Becomes a Reality

The official opening of the Gathering Place was held Sept. 8 with a huge thank you to the George Kaiser Family Foundation and an extraordinary dream to transform nearly 100 acres of Tulsa’s iconic waterfront along the scenic Arkansas River into a dynamic, interactive environment.

The idea for the Gathering Place came together because, according to Gathering Place literature, “Citizens of Tulsa needed a welcoming, natural space where members of our diverse communities could come together to explore, learn and play.”...


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at Wednesday, September 12, 2018