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Tulsa's Gathering Place, among largest US parks, to open Saturday

Posted at 10:29 AM, Sep 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-07 23:19:31-04

TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- The first phase of what will be one of the biggest parks in the U.S. is set to open this weekend in Tulsa.

A Saturday parade, starting at 8 a.m., and concerts, which will feature The Roots, among others, will mark the opening of the $465 million Gathering Place. The 100-acre stretch along the Arkansas River will include bike and walking trails and sports courts. Admission is free, but equipment rental will cost.

PHOTOS: See the Gathering Place

The public park has been built with private money, led by billionaire philanthropist George Kaiser. Funders and city leaders say the park will be a space for recreation and culture but also an ambitious model for inclusivity.

Riverside Drive, between 21st and 41st Street in the area, is set to open Monday after being closed for about three years during construction on the park. 

Huge crowds are expected this weekend at the park. Click here for info on parking and other details.

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