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Maple Ridge Neighborhood working on solutions to Gathering Place parking issues

Posted at 1:04 PM, Nov 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-27 14:12:07-05

TULSA -- The Maple Ridge Neighborhood is working to keep their streets from becoming a parking lot for the Gathering Place. 

Residents said on the weekends, when the weather is nice, and when the weather is bad, their streets are lined with cars. Some said they have almost been hit by cars when they are walking. Others said they cannot get out of their driveway

The city of Tulsa, Tulsa Police, the Gathering Place and Maple Ridge Neighborhood Association are working together to come up with solutions. 

"We just want to make sure, as a neighborhood, that we are good neighbors to the park and that we are putting our best foot forward and working with them to find solutions to create a safer environment within the neighborhood," said Cullen Koger, president of the Maple Ridge Neighborhood Association.

The park is working to put down an all-weather material in their field lot at 31st Street and Riverside. As it stands, the lot has to close when it rains because it gets too muddy. 

Also, the city is working on a plan for residential permit parking. Very few details are available right now on what that would entail because it is in the planning stages, but the city hopes to have the program in place by the spring. 

"The parking pass would be good for me," said Kaye Rucker, a Maple Ridge resident. "I am concerned about guests that come to my home who would need parking as well."

Rucker said she is open to the idea though.

Like many others, the grandmother loves the park but is concerned about safety. 

Almost two weeks ago, a two-year-old was hit by a car on a crowded street. 

"I have a two-year old granddaughter, so yes it did hit kind of close to home," Rucker said.

The Gathering Place is looking for a solution to the parking problem before they finalize plans for phase two of the park.

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