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'People will stop here': Cherokee Nation to build $10M park in Tahlequah

mankiller park render
Posted at 6:29 PM, Jun 20, 2024

TULSA, Okla. — A 15-acre, $10 million cultural park is coming to Cherokee County.

The Cherokee Nation has been working on the project for four years. The project will represent Cherokee Nation culture.

Gerald Wofford is a part of the Cherokee Nation and said he'd appreciate the park, "people get a chance to come in and learn more about the history and about where this tribe is going.”

Wofford said the unique plan can put Tahlequah on the map.

"The positive attention that the tribe will get with seeing these buildings around, people will stop, they'll see the tribal seal, they'll see the tribal flag,” Wofford said.

Cherokee Nation gave 2 News the renderings of the park showing a community center, soccer fields, and a dog park.

mankiller park render

Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. talked about the meaning behind the park's name.

"We want to make the park worthy of two things. One is the name Wilma Mankiller, and the person Wilma Mankiller is such a great leader. But also worthy of the Cherokee people,” said Hoksin.

Mankiller made history as the first female principal chief in the Cherokee Nation.

Wofford said that a park is something the area longed to have.

"This park is unique in this area. We don't have any other one nearby, so it just adds to the special place that it will be,” said Wofford.

Cherokee Nation staff said the park will open in the fall of 2025.

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