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A Gathering Place for Tulsa on track for mid-'18 opening

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Executive Director and trustee of "A Gathering Place for Tulsa", Jeff Stava, at the Four Seasons Garden.
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TULSA-  Eleven months ago Red Dirt Report released the article "Bringing Tulsa back to the national spotlight." This story introduced readers to the wizardry the George Kaiser Family Foundation had going on behind the road barriers and fences on Riverside Drive. And almost a year after that article was released we were invited to the parks press day Friday morning and took a tour of the park's Four Seasons garden area which is a path way connecting to E. 31st Street.

And Riverside Drive to the rest of the park and also acts a barrier between the neighborhood which is in such proximity to the park.

Executive director and trustee Jeff Stava led the tour and walked us through the towering stone walls made up of wild horse swirl cut from Oklahoma's Bluebird Quarry in Le Flore.

Stava was asked what kinds of challenges they have faced while constructing such a massive park project.

Recent rains have caused delays for the project, Stava explained.

"(The) weather has been a major problem for us," Stava said. "We've had record rains in Kansas which (has) kept the Arkansas River full for most of the last two years which have made problems building the bump-outs and the armory which is needed alongside the bump-outs."

Continuing, Stava said: "Onsite rain has especially been in the month of August which they are saying was the wettest August that we've had in over 15 years and would get a 1(1/2)” of rain in two hours and it’s provided a lot of re-work on a lot of the plantings."

On the subject of their schedule, Stava said - trying not to laugh - that “We meet every single week to make sure we are on schedule and we are still set for opening in late spring – early summer 2018.”

There will be more tours leading up to the opening of A Gathering place for Tulsa, and Red Dirt Report will bring you the latest on the project in the coming year.   

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