TULSA, Okla. — After thousands gave their input on what they would like to see in the future of Turkey Mountain, the Tulsa River Parks Authority finally has a plan to revitalize the urban wilderness.
River Parks Authority Director Matt Meyer says the new plans will expand the urban wilderness to more than 600 acres, and add several new features.
Those features will be revealed in four phases - restoring nature, maximizing access, enhancing trails, and integrating programs.
The next step for River Parks will be developing a timeline for projects, prioritizing what projects should come first, and coming up with cost estimates.
"It’s a very very long term plan first of all, so what are we going to do first that makes sense?" Meyer said.
Meyer says restoring nature and paths will take first priority, but all the projects could take several years to complete.
That's because funding is low right now, and could be cut even more because of the effect COVID-19 has had on the economy, according to Meyer.
River Parks plans to restore nature through controlled burning and restoring wetlands, and improve access by adding entrances and parking, with new bike and pedestrian connections. River Parks will also enhance trails by fighting erosion and improving trail maps and wayfinding, and plans to integrate several programs together, like the bike and pedestrian parks.
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