A Web site devoted to a planned museum showcasing Tulsa's rich Art Deco heritage went online last week, while an event designed to raise money for the project has been scheduled for early next year.
Local artist and Tulsa Now vice president William Franklin, the organizer of the Decopolis project, said his board of directors has decided to hold its first fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 27 in the lobby of ONEOK Plaza, 100 W. 5th St. Franklin hopes the event will provide the Decopolis board with enough operating capital to get some legal work taken care of as well as provide networking opportunities that will raise awareness and benefit the museum down the line.
A preliminary version of the museum's Web site is now online at HYPERLINK "http://www.decopolis.org"www.decopolis.org. Franklin said he still hopes to open a modest form of the museum sometime in 2010.
Until then, he said he would like to begin putting together traveling Art Deco exhibits that would be featured at other downtown buildings.
The Decopolis board is operating under the umbrella of the Tulsa Arts and Humanities Council until it receives the 501(c)(3) certification from the Internal Revenue Service. Franklin envisions Decopolis eventually becoming a museum located in the midst of an interactive streetscape, one featuring merchants operating such traditional Art Deco enterprises as a café and coffee shop, a jazz/martini lounge, a fine arts gallery and a town square.
Taking a Dip
Late December might seem like a good time to give more thought to ice skating than swimming, but officials at the Tulsa Parks are already turning their attention to the challenge of how to get a handful of city pools open next summer.
Last week, parks officials launched their "Break the Ice" pool drive aimed at raising $300,000 to open five municipal pools in 2010.
"It's tricky," said Bob Hendrick, special event coordinator for Tulsa Parks. "Everyone wants these pools open, but it's not cheap."
Parks director Lucy Dolman said every year the department is forced to look for sponsors to help get the pools opened, maintained and staffed.
"Last year, we were fortunate enough to raise $125,000 from companies and individuals that, when combined with budget dollars, was enough to open eight pools," Dolman said. "Due to budget cuts, we currently have nothing in the budget for pools. Any pools opened this year will be because of donations only."
Hendrick said Tulsa Parks already has begun to approach past sponsors of the effort to see if they would like to continue providing money to get the pools open, but he said donations are welcome from anyone--companies, civic organizations or individuals.
He said parks officials are confident they'll raise enough money to meet their goal, but he said there are no plans to try to open eight pools again like last year, partly because attendance figures did not dictate opening that many again.
"We'd be thrilled to just get five," he said.
Hendrick said the five pools the department plans to open are Lacy Park at 2134 N. Madison Place, McClure Park at 7440 E. 7th St., Reed Park at 4233 S. Yukon, Whiteside Park at 4009 S. Pittsburg and Zeigler Park at 3903 W. 4th St.
"They're in good condition, considering they're 30 years old," he said. "It takes a lot to get a pool open."
Hendrick said if the fundraising effort falls short, no priority list has been established yet for which pools would be opened and which would remain closed.
"We will raise the money," he said.
Hendrick said city pools usually open the last weekend of May or the first weekend of June, remaining open through Aug. 13. Anyone interested in contributing to the effort is asked to call 596-PARK. For more information, visit HYPERLINK "http://www.tulsaparks.org"www.tulsaparks.org.
The creation of a pilot plan to implement a form-based codes system in Tulsa's Pearl District is entering the final stages, with the plan expected to be in the hands of city officials by January.
Pearl District Association board member Jamie Jameson, who is chairing the committee putting together the plan, said work on the document is nearly complete.
"We're very, very close to finishing the thing," he said. "We're extremely close to having the final version."
Form-based codes are a means of regulating development to achieve a specific urban form, representing a departure from traditional zoning. According to the group's Web site, PDA members hope to transform their district just east of downtown into a world-class model of sustainability, community, economic reinvigoration and pedestrian-friendly lifestyle.
Jameson originally hoped to have the draft plan in the hands of the Tulsa Metropolitan Area Planning Commission by November, but he acknowledged earlier this week the process had been delayed a little.
"It's not going to happen before Christmas," he said. "But there's no reason in my mind why we shouldn't be presenting (the plan) to the TMAPC by January."
If and when the plan is approved by the Planning Commission, it would go to the City Council for action.
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