The Tulsa Parks team is working on a 10-year master plan for the city, which includes input from residents. Surveys were sent to 40,000 Tulsa households in February, and an open-link survey was available online to Tulsa residents; 1,683 surveys were completed.

On May 6, Tulsa Parks reported the findings in a virtual public forum with GreenPlay LLC (leading the master plan project) and RRC Associates, which conducts the survey and data work. 

The team is about a year into the master plan project, working through the pandemic gathering data and conducting forums. “It’s amazing how much time has gone by and how much we’ve gotten done over the past 12 months,” says Tulsa Parks Director Anna America. She explains no decisions have been made yet. Survey findings were presented to the Park Board on May 4.

The team will present a draft plan in July and a final plan in August or September, says GreenPlay’s Dan Seder, who is leading the project.

Here are some survey highlights:

  • At least half of Tulsa residents used neighborhood parks a few times a month or more before COVID-19 hit.
  • Respondents rated trails and neighborhood parks as the two most used and the most important amenities at parks and recreation facilities with overall scores of 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 5. However, there were some outlier results to the survey when you break it down by location, Seder explains.
  • Playgrounds ranked 4.5 on the scale of importance for north Tulsa residents opposed to the overall score of 3.9. 
  • Over half of residents indicated communication about parks and recreation facilities and services could improve.
  • Residents reported that better conditions or maintenance of the parks and better lighting would increase use of facilities. 
  • More than half of respondents indicated they would support increasing parks funding.
  • More than half of respondents supported these funding sources: name or sponsorship opportunities, an additional 0.025 cent sales tax for parks and trails maintenance, fees on new home or business developments and paying $30 more in annual property taxes.

The full survey results and videos from the public forums are available at cityoftulsa.com/letstalktulsaparks.

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