POSTED ON MAY 23, 2012:
Planning session focuses on new park near Arkansas River. Work continues on the creation of a new public space near the Arkansas River, with images of how the park might look unveiled by landscape architects working on the $100-million plus project.
A public input session for the approximately 55-acre project will be held Thursday at 6pm in the Center for Creativity at the downtown campus of Tulsa Community College.
Plans so far include building a structure for "low-key" events and having plenty of green space, according to The George Kaiser Family Foundation, which is overseeing the project. The foundation purchased land east of Riverside Drive to develop its vision of a gathering place that would also connect in some way to the existing River Parks trail system on the other side of Riverside Drive.
Developers say they want the almost hourglass-shaped parcels of land -- which include the Blair Mansion estate near East 26th Place and two apartment complexes south of East 31st Street -- to form a unified place for Tulsans to gather.
In February, Urban Tulsa Weekly spoke with Ken Levit, executive director of the foundation about the project.
"When we finalize whatever plans we have, we want it to reflect the interests and the passions of Tulsa," Levit said.
By September, the foundation expects to have full project plans.
Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc., with offices in Brooklyn and Cambridge, Mass., are the landscape architects on the project. Representatives from the firm and the foundation will be gathering opinions from the public and answering questions Thursday.
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