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Sustainability Facts

Sustainability in Practice 

Horticulture

  • Park designers preserved 300 trees original to the area and planted an additional 6,000 trees.

  • Sixteen acres of prairie attract various insect, butterfly, and bird species and don’t require frequent mowing.

  • Integrated Pest Management systems incorporate beneficial insects, living biological amendments, and safe, organic pesticides.

  • Woody and herbaceous debris is composted.

  • The Park has over 400 species of plants, many native to Oklahoma and many sourced locally.

  • Perennial plants (which return every year) mitigate the consumption involved with annual plantings.

Buildings, Construction, and Materials

  • Williams Lodge, ONEOK Boathouse, and the maintenance building are heated and cooled via geothermal wells, using the Earth’s natural processes to regulate indoor temperatures.

  • Buildings meet LEED requirements.

  • The Park’s maintenance facility is located underground for natural insulation and to reduce AC and heat demand.

  • An extensive green roof on the maintenance building provides insulation and cools its surrounding area.

  • Stone in the Park was regionally sourced.

  • The Picnic Grove tables and upside-down trees were constructed locally from repurposed trees.

  • The bench slates, decking, and light poles were made from thermally modified ash and pine.

  • Two land bridges over heavily trafficked Riverside Parkway allow animal species full range of their habitat.

  • The installation of check dams and plantings improved the natural wetland along the Arkansas River.

Stormwater and Irrigation

  • Two underground infiltration basins in the parking lots filter out pollutants from stormwater.

  • Water from Peggy’s Pond is naturally filtered in Wetland Garden before cycling into a plant watering system.

  • Solar and wind powered weather system accounts for sun, temperature, and rain and adjusts water use.

Operations and Maintenance

  • Recycling bins are utilized throughout the Park and in office spaces.

  • LED lights, which are 85% more efficient, are used throughout the Park on a programmable Creston dimming system.

  • Buildings are cleaned with ecofriendly supplies.

  •  Utility cars and leaf blowers are electric.

  • Shipping pallets are recycled locally and turned into engineered wood fibers on the Adventure Chapman Playground

Culinary

  • Redbud Café composts coffee grounds.

  • The employee break room composts food scraps.

  • Redbud Café has recyclable cups, bags, and containers.

Additional Initiatives

  • Electric car charging stations are available for visitors with electric vehicles.

  • Shuttles to the Park are available from downtown Tulsa.

  • Offices recycle batteries, ink cartridges, and electronic waste.

  • A sustainability committee formed in May 2019 to increase sustainable practices in the Park and office spaces.