McElroy Manufacturing Inc. sponsors Gathering Place
Company’s sponsorship of the Rocky Lookout symbolizes its vision for the future.
McElroy Manufacturing Inc.’s leadership and spouses: Dave Tanner, Peggy McElroy Tanner, Chip McElroy, Sharon McElroy, David Dutton and Donna McElroy Dutton.
The leaders of McElroy Manufacturing Inc. have long supported development of the Arkansas River, says A.H. “Chip” McElroy II, the company’s president and CEO.
He operates McElroy Manufacturing with his sisters, Donna McElroy Dutton and Peggy McElroy Tanner.
When the McElroy families were presented with opportunities to support A Gathering Place for Tulsa, they were immediately drawn to the Rocky Lookout.
Jeff Stava, executive director and trustee of Tulsa’s Gathering Place LLC, says the lookout will blend with the surrounding landscape, providing panoramic views with seating along the river’s edge.
“It is very symbolic of the vision our company has for the future and always looking to distant horizons,” Chip McElroy says.
For that reason, the 62-year-old, family-owned equipment manufacturer with offices worldwide — and 360 employees in Tulsa — committed $3 million to the park.
“My sisters and I are passionate about quality of life and opportunities like A Gathering Place will bring,” Chip McElroy says.
Site progress this month
- Complete basement walls, install underground electric and plumbing and begin basement slab for ONEOK Boathouse and Williams Cos. Lodge.
- Continue drilled piers, perimeter walls and interior columns for underground maintenance building.
- Begin work on each building’s steel infrastructure.
- Complete piers for both land bridges. Complete north land bridge pier cap and install pre-cast arches; headwall construction is underway. Continue building south land bridge pier caps and begin installation on pre-cast arches.
- Excavate building pad for Mist Mountain.
- Complete equipment vault structure for Water Mountain.
- Continue north and south bumpout construction, including armoring of the shoreline (approximately 40 percent complete), pending reduced Keystone Dam water releases.
- Complete south end of park dirt work, including stabilization of the slopes throughout the elevation changes of the park.
- Excavate pond to grade and construct approximately 60 percent of the reinforced slopes.
- Install site-wide storm water system.
- Third shipment of playground towers to arrive at offsite warehouse, where they will be erected and stored.
- City of Tulsa to continue work on two major stormwater projects on north and east sides of site.
- City to continue upgrading water and sewer lines on west side of Riverside Drive.
- City to continue reconstruction of Riverside Drive on north end of site.
Construction plans subject to change.
For more information, visit www.agatheringplacefortulsa.com.