National publication Brownfield Renewal magazine honored for revitalization

TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Guthrie Green in Tulsa is being honored for transforming from a brownfield into a community park with gardens and an outdoor stage.

Brownfield Renewal magazine awarded the park the Brownfields for Energy award. The award honors brownfield redevelopment projects based on environmental, economic and social impacts.

Guthrie Green is in Tulsa's Brady Arts District and includes gardens, fountains, an outdoor stage and a multipurpose lawn. The 2.7-acre site was previously an industrial site and freight yard.

The George Kaiser Family Foundation purchased the property in 2009 and Guthrie Green opened in 2012. Senior Program Officer Stanton Doyle says the foundation is honored to receive the award. Doyle says reclaiming former industrial sites to allow for public use is critical to revitalizing Tulsa.

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