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Tulsa Has the Best Summer Theme Park– and It’s Free

Theme parks are most certainly at the top of every family’s summer to-do list. But, even a single day visit to parks like Disney World and Universal can be an expensive proposition for a small family. There is, however, one more option out there for park-lovers, and best of all, it’s completely free. Tucked away in Tulsa, Oklahoma, theme park aficionados can find the destination of their dreams known as The Gathering Place...

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at Friday, May 3, 2019

Americana: Finding the Gathering Place

Most of us think public parks are the sort of place parents and grandparents take children.

But on a recent visit to our daughter, Tricia, and her family in Tulsa, Oklahoma, they were eager to take us ol’ folks to a super-deluxe, ultimate public park. It’s called the Gathering Place. Even after checking it out online beforehand, I was stunned to see such an elaborate place and enticing playground for young and old...

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at Sunday, April 28, 2019

Local Music Artists Teaming for Tribute to Tulsa at Gathering Place

Gathering Place was chosen the nation’s best new attraction of 2018 in a USA Today Readers’ Choice poll.

In gratitude, Gathering Place is teaming up with the Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Arts & Culture for a Tribute to Tulsa celebrating local music artists. The event is scheduled from 2-9:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at Gathering Place...

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at Thursday, April 25, 2019

'Play Me, Tulsa' To Bring Music To The Streets This Summer

TULSA, Oklahoma - Music will soon fill parks, sidewalks and other public spaces all over the city of Tulsa. Saied Music Company is partnering with Tulsa Mayfest to present "Play Me, Tulsa."

The public piano project combines art and music. Local school districts are also getting involved.

Twelve public school art departments from Tulsa to Broken Arrow are designing and painting pianos donated by Saied Music Company...

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at Thursday, April 11, 2019

Everything you need to know about Gathering Place

The long-awaited Gathering Place is open. Have questions about parking, food, pets? You have questions, we have answers...

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at Wednesday, March 20, 2019

12 U.S. Cities You Probably Never Thought to Visit with Kids—But Should

"...These hidden gems offer all kinds of kid-friendly fun, from imaginative play spaces and hands-on animal encounters to unique festivals and offbeat roadside attractions. Consider these under-the-radar cities the next time you’re looking for a new long weekend or vacation destination..."

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at Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Outlook 2019: Tony Moore: Gathering Place Sets Exciting 2019 Schedule with Food and Wine Festival, Gospel Explosion, More

There is such a thing as being so caught up with the process that you completely miss the joy of the experience, or otherwise stated, “be sure to stop and smell the roses.” Well, for me, it’s just that. Since the opening of Gathering Place on Sept. 8, it’s been a wild and exciting ride. I frequently have to discipline myself to step away mentally and emotionally to acknowledge the successes we have achieved as a park and as a city. 2018 was truly a significant year for Gathering Place, and we are excited about the impact the park will continue to have in 2019...

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at Sunday, March 3, 2019

Get Hyped Up with the Gather Round Crew

“We initially had the idea to create the Gather Round Crew as ambassadors for the park, to go out into the community primarily to engage kids in a fun way,” says Gathering Place director Tony Moore of the park’s eight-member hip-hop dance troupe.

The crew has performed all over the city, including a halftime show during a Thunder game at the BOK Center. The park released a popular music video of their song “Gather Round” this fall. Along with the Tulsa dancers, it features a cameo from Fik-Shun (Dushaunt Stegall), an internationally touring competitive dancer. The video has had more than 100,000 views...

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at Friday, March 1, 2019

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