Leinbach family makes large donation to Gathering Place
The fact that the park is geared for all the citizens of Tulsa — especially the youth — is what prompted the Leinbachs to donate $50,000 to the park.
Construction progresses at A Gathering Place.
Courtesy A Gathering Place for Tulsa
Living near the construction site of A Gathering Place for Tulsa, Ed and Kathy Leinbach have done what anyone would do when it comes to the biggest construction project in recent city history.
They regularly walk down South Cincinnati Avenue and take a peek through the construction barriers at A Gathering Place for Tulsa. As construction progresses, the Leinbachs have literally watched the park take shape. The fact that the park is geared for all the citizens of Tulsa — especially the youth — is what prompted the Leinbachs to donate $50,000 to the park.
“Many don’t realize what Mr. Kaiser has done for the city and this part of the state. It’s going to be a huge asset for the city,” Ed Leinbach says. “If he was willing to put forth a huge amount of money that would do good for Tulsa, we thought we wanted to participate in some modest way.”
It’s the spectrum of donors who make this project a reality.
“We are so grateful for the Leinbachs’ generous donation to the park,” says Jeff Stava, executive director and trustee for A Gathering Place. “Their story is actually really special because they came to us without any prompting with a donation check in their hand — no questions asked. They just knew they wanted to be a part of making this park a reality for our community.”
The park’s final goal of $200 million has not yet been met. Anyone wishing to make a donation of any size can send checks payable to the Tulsa Community Foundation | FBO Tulsa’s Gathering Place Fund at 7030 S. Yale Ave., Suite 600, Tulsa, OK 74136.
Site progress this month
- Steel framing complete on Williams Lodge; stonework underway
- ONEOK Boathouse community deck concrete complete
- Backfill of soil continues on the underground maintenance building as well as work beginning on the interior finishes.
- Mist Mountain concrete vault complete
- Land bridge headwall construction continues
- Wetland Garden construction continues
- North and south bumpout construction continues, including armoring of the shoreline (pending reduced Keystone Dam water releases).
- Stabilization of the slopes throughout the elevation changes of the park continues
- Playground equipment installation beginning, particularly in the Skywalk Forest and Ramble areas
- Four Seasons Garden walls construction underway
- Continue fabrication of site-wide stone walls
- City of Tulsa is finishing up the two major stormwater projects on north and east sides of site.
- City of Tulsa’s reconstruction of Riverside Drive continues
Editor’s Note: Construction plans subject to change.
For more information, visit agatheringplacefortulsa.com.