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Public giving input on the future of Turkey Mountain

Posted at 6:23 PM, Mar 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-07 19:23:22-05

TULSA, OK (KJRH) — After years of debate, locals have the opportunity to decide the future of Tulsa's Turkey Mountain. Residents had their voices heard at a public forum, which will be the first of five spanning until September.

Tulsa's River Parks Authority took the first step toward a master plan for Turkey Mountain, hosting locals in "Crafting a Master Plan for Turkey Mountain". The organization wants to make changes to the more than 600-acre area, but is asking the public for opinions on how to do so.

Some issues that have already been brought up, like accessibility, parking, and facilities. There are talks of adding an extra entrance as visitors walk and bike to the wilderness area, paving more parking for overflowing weekend crowds, and putting in more bathrooms.

"The trails," explained regular visitor Gwen Trowbridge, "keeping them manicured a little better, but still keeping them wild. I'd also like to see a bathroom up at the upper parking lot."

River Park Authority officials say they'd like to overhaul the trails in the master plan - creating paths that won't erode as quickly and will be self-sustaining.

The remaining meetings will be held on April 17, May 30, July 18, and September 19. If you missed the first meeting but would still like to have a say in future options, you can submit your opinions here.

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