View from above
Pine Valley connects two trails to the park’s highest point.
The element: Pine Valley and Bridge
Pine Valley marks the intersection of two trails: one leading visitors across the Arkansas River into the park, and another offering a tranquil walk among wildflowers and tall loblolly pine trees.
The trail from the sprawling Sky Garden rises to an elegant wooden bridge with breathtaking views, and back into the side of Swing Hill, which will offer various swings for children and adults, as well as picnic areas.
The donor: AAON
The wooden bridge that connects the Sky Garden and Swing Hill is the park’s highest point. That means something to Norm Asbjornson, president and CEO of AAON, a manufacturer of heating and air equipment.
“It is the highest point in the park, and that reflects the AAON vision of being a technological and market leader, as well as a leader in Tulsa,” he says. “It will also be one of the more fun and exciting play areas of the park.”
The company’s $3 million donation to A Gathering Place is just one of many community projects it has supported since 1988. Nearly 30 years since it was founded, AAON now employs more than 1,300 Tulsans and operates nearly 1.3 million square feet of local office and manufacturing space.
“A Gathering Place is a pivotal investment opportunity to transform Tulsa, and we are happy that we could give back to the community that has fostered our growth,” Asbjornson says.
Site progress this month
- Continue erecting steel for ONEOK Boathouse and Williams Cos. Lodge.
- Complete concrete roof on underground maintenance building.
- Begin foundations at Water Mountain and Mist Mountain.
- Complete land bridges’ headwalls.
- Continue north and south bumpout construction, including armoring of the shoreline (pending reduced Keystone Dam water releases).
- Continue work on stabilization of the slopes throughout the elevation changes of the park, including the pond.
- Continue work on site-wide underground utilities and stormwater system.
- Continue work on playground foundations and underground electric, plumbing and drainage systems.
- Continue work on foundations for onsite pedestrian bridges.
- Continue fabrication of site-wide stone walls.
- City of Tulsa to continue work on two major stormwater projects on north and east sides of site.
- City of Tulsa to continue upgrading water and sewer lines on west side of Riverside Drive.
- City of Tulsa to continue reconstruction of Riverside Drive.
Editor’s note: Construction plans subject to change.
For more information, visit www.agatheringplacefortulsa.com.