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City of Tulsa reaches 50-year master lease agreement to preserve Turkey Mountain, River Parks

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Posted at 1:45 PM, Nov 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-03 14:55:39-04

TULSA -- The City of Tulsa announced Friday that the city and Tulsa River Parks have come to an agreement on a master lease that will preserve Turkey Mountain and the River Parks system for 50 years.

Mayor G.T. Bynum made the following announcement about the preservation. 

“In one of the most important preservation initiatives in the City's history, the City of Tulsa and Tulsa River Parks agreed to a 50-year master lease agreement that will preserve River Parks trails and park system ensuring the land is there for the enjoyment of future generations of Tulsans. As we begin to make major public investments in the Arkansas River corridor and open a major private investment in The Gathering Place, all Tulsans can have the reassurance that the beauty of River Parks and Turkey Mountain are here to stay.”

As a part of the agreement, the city will donate their land on Turkey Mountain to protect the area as a place of urban wilderness. 

“Consolidating all of our various leases with the City into one document gives stability to the land and to River Parks Authority operations while preserving the land in its natural state,” Matt Meyer, River Parks Executive Director said.

The agreement requires the approval of the Tulsa City Council and Tulsa River Parks Authority. If approved, River Parks plans to begin the process of developing a master plan for Turkey Mountain, to be paid for by a donation from the George Kaiser Family Foundation.

Tulsa River Parks offers more than 26 miles of recreation trails.

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