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$30 million in taxpayer money to go to Tulsa parks, feedback wanted from community

Posted at 10:28 PM, Oct 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-08 23:41:14-04

TULSA, Okla. — $30 million of taxpayer money is dedicated to Tulsa's parks, and ideas for what the money should be used for flood in from hundreds of Tulsans.

“I mostly want more swings," 11-year-old Jay Tottress said.

Tulsa resident Brice Baustert said, "I'd like to see more dog parks."

The list of recommendations is long and almost like an early Christmas list.

“You never have enough money to do what everybody wants,” said Anna America, director of Tulsa Park and Recreation. “How do you weigh things? How do you do things as cost effectively as you can?”

America and her team will figure out what to do with $30 million in property and sales tax money. Though, she said most of it will go to needed maintenance.

“I would say all parks need, but I would say north Tulsa needs it the most," said Janea Tottress, who was born and raised in north Tulsa.

Tottress hopes more is done for the kids who just want a better place to play in the northern neighborhoods.

“If they could go to a park and actually swing or actually play on something their height… because a lot of stuff are for infants," Tottress said.

The city will gather the requests and come up with a final plan to make Tulsa parks even better.

“Everybody should have a great park experience in their neighborhood,” America said. “That's the ultimate goal."

If you would like to offer your input on Tulsa parks, visit the City of Tulsa's website.

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