Park progress: May 2017
Gathering Place takes shape as construction continues.
Less than a year before construction on A Gathering Place is set to conclude, the park’s major features can be seen from the air. For example, the Chapman Foundations Adventure Playground, Peggy’s Pond, Williams Lodge and the ONEOK Boathouse are near or at the halfway mark.
The park’s terrain has changed immensely since construction began in late 2014. Riverside Drive is now spanned by two land bridges, and north and south land extensions into the Arkansas River have shifted the water’s edge. From now through the park’s completion, 5,789 new trees will be planted on site, adding to the area’s nearly 600 existing trees.
Jeff Stava, executive director and trustee of Tulsa’s Gathering Place LLC, provides these updates on the park’s landscape and structures:
• Peggy’s Pond, which spans nearly 3 acres, has been lined with river rock and bordered with large flagstone and trees. The pond will vary in depth from 6-15 feet. “Parkgoers will be able to board paddleboats, ocean kayaks or canoes on the floating dock at the ONEOK Boathouse,” Stava says. “The pond will also be stocked with fish, making it the perfect spot to spend some relaxing time outdoors.”
• The ONEOK Boathouse is now positioned on the south end of Peggy’s Pond. With nearly 10,000 square feet of multipurpose space and a 12,000-square-foot pavilion with panoramic views, Stava says it will be a hub of activity and a favorite spot to enjoy food and drinks.
• Williams Lodge’s steelwork is nearing completion, and floor-to-ceiling windows will soon be added. The lodge’s geothermal ground well closed-loop system is being installed, along with heat and air ductwork.
• Chapman Foundations’ Adventure Playground is taking shape with the installation of the Kathy Craft Grandchildren’s Sky Walk Forest — an area comprised of treetop forts and netted climbing structures.