Officials with Tulsa Zoo want Vision2 funds, say upgrades could improve attendance

TULSA - Officials with the Tulsa Zoo want to get their hands on a chunk of the Vision2 money if voters pass the proposal in November.

The zoo is pushing for $20 to $30 million of the estimated $748 million proposal, which is an extension of Vision2025.

Officials say a lot of people have come out in support of the zoo.

As it stands, the zoo needs upgrades to outdated facilities. Officials say upgrades would raise attendance.

Other ideas for Vision2 money include improvements to the city's parks, bike trails, river and Gilcrease Expressway.

Meanwhile, residents in Tulsa's council district 6 will have a chance to share their ideas about Vision2. A public meeting is scheduled for Wednesday at OU-Tulsa Schusterman Center, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and another one from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at East Central Junior High Auditorium. 

The final meeting will be Friday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the ORU Mabee Center.

City leaders are looking for input on how money from the tax extension should be spent. 

If voters approve Vision2 in November, half of the $748 million will go toward improving city-owned buildings near the airport.

The rest would be determined by the public. The city will have a plan in place by mid-September.

Citizens can submit project ideas by:

The city of Sand Springs is also hosting public hearings on Vision2 plans. The next hearing will be Saturday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Limestone Technology Academy. The final meeting will be Sept. 18 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Central High School.

The Broken Arrow City Council is expected soon when it will host public hearings on Vision2.

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