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Gathering Place set to open late spring, early summer 2018

Posted at 12:15 PM, Sep 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-10 16:41:08-04

TULSA -- Phase one of the Gathering Place Park is set to open at the end of spring or beginning of summer 2018.

Phase one will include the first 66 acres of the park.

Jeff Stava, Executive Director for Tulsa’s Gathering Place, gave a look at the progress Friday on the Four Seasons Garden.

“The park-goers will go between these walls columns and kind of meander up and through and into the park,” Stava said. “It will probably be one of the most iconic walks in the park.”

There are 25 columns and 14 long walls made of more than 3,000 tons of rock lining the iconic walkway. That rock comes from a quarry in southeastern Oklahoma. When the rock arrives at the Gathering Place, each piece is labeled and fits together like a puzzle.

“If you look at the rock and how it undulates, it looks like some of these rocks are going to fall over onto you,” Stava said. “They’re just unbelievably beautiful.”

The inspiration came from the rock cliffs in the Ozarks and Chandler Park.

The first phase is set to open in 2018.

As far as phase two, Stava said they plan to see how Tulsans use the park and tailor their plans for the more than 30 acres remaining based on that. Construction on phase two likely will not begin until 2020.

 

 

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