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Mayor G.T. Bynum announces plan to preserve Turkey Mountain

Posted at 2:14 PM, Mar 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-13 19:26:52-04

TULSA-- A precious piece of Tulsa could easily be ripped away for industrial development. Now, the city is working with the River Parks Authority to protect the future of Turkey Mountain.

 A day hiking with his family, Is how Steve Mosinski said he escapes from life's chaos.

"It's nice that it's in the city that we don't have to drive too far. It's 15 minutes from our house to get out here and we get to experience the wilderness without having to drive really far away," said Mosinski. 

Mayor G.T. Bynum said most of the land at River Parks and Turkey Mountain is owned by the city. He said as of right now, the city could easily remove the land.

"So much of the land, in fact almost all of the land that the city has along the river system that it leases to river parks could be revoked with 30 days notice," said Mayor Bynum.

"I don't think people realize how special it really is or even how many people come up here. I think people would be really sad to see this go away," said Biker Mike Guillen Biker.

 To protect the land, Bynum is now working with River Parks by proposing a Master Lease Agreement. He said the action would preserve more than 900 acres of River Parks land for 50 years.

"It will allow us to preserve what is a tremendous natural asset for future generations of Tulsans," Said Bynum.

Mosinski said he hopes Bynum's new plan will pass, so he can spend more days at Turkey Mountain with his family.

"It's very rare that you have a park this nice or this close into the city and I think it's really important that the Mayor does something to protect it," said Mosinski.
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Bynyum said with the long-term agreement, more charitable donors will feel comfortable contributing to River Parks. He said as of right now the proposal is still under review. 

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