A Gathering Place’s water labyrinth will provide endless summer fun.
T. D. Williamson employees Emily Williamson Perkins, global manufacturing and supply chain change management lead; Bob McGrew, president and CEO; Brooks Williamson, project manager; and Annie Tomecek, supervisor, community relations.
The element: water labyrinth
Putting ordinary splash pads to shame will be A Gathering Place’s water labyrinth, a nearly 1,200-square-foot interactive waterplay feature designed by Fluidity, a world-famous water feature design and engineering firm.
The labyrinth will shoot “water walls” up from the ground to create the appearance of “water rooms,” says Jeff Stava, executive director and trustee of Tulsa’s Gathering Place LLC.
The computer-controlled program will lower walls and move children through the labyrinth before suddenly and randomly changing patterns. Plenty of seating will surround the labyrinth so caregivers can sit and watch the fun.
The donor: T. D. Williamson Inc. and the Williamson family
Legacies are important to T. D. Williamson Inc., which has been a family-owned pipeline equipment and services company for 95 years. Third- and fourth-generation Williamsons now work for the company.
TDW Inc. and the Williamson family are gifting $5 million to A Gathering Place to “pay it forward” to future generations of Tulsa families.
“Parks are lasting legacies that a living generation can give to the present and future community,” says Annie Tomecek. She and Brooks Williamson and Emily Williamson Perkins are TDW employees and members of the family’s fourth generation.
Dick Williamson, chairman of the TDW board, is the grandson of founder T. D. Williamson Sr.
The water labyrinth appealed to the donors because of its whimsical yet subtle nature that will promote free play.
“As a family and as employees of TDW, we’ve always been drawn to ways to support and foster the development of children — whether in Tulsa or elswhere,” according to Tomecek and Williamson Perkins.
“This is reminiscent of our grandparents’ earlier involvement in The Little Light House and our recent support of the TDW playground at ONEOK Field,” Williamson Perkins says.
“We hope that these features in the park will engender an enthusiasm for learning among children that they can explore their whole lives,” Brooks adds.
Site progress this month
- Begin pouring footings, stem walls and foundation work for the ONEOK Boathouse and Williams Cos. Lodge.
- Continue drilling and pouring the piers that support the land bridge foundations.
- Continue excavation of sand, silt and rock from the river for the construction of the north and south bump-outs.
- Continue sitewide dirt work.
- Begin detailed tree pruning.
- City of Tulsa to continue work on two major storm water projects on north and east sides of site.
- City of Tulsa to continue work to upgrade water and sewer lines on west side of Riverside Drive.
- City of Tulsa to begin reconstruction of Riverside Drive on north end of site.
Editor’s note: Construction plans subject to change.
For more information, visit www.agatheringplacefortulsa.com.