July 18, 2016
Purely Parks Newsletter

Purely Parks. Those two words sum it all up. Tulsa parks are the gateway to nature, green space, trails, playgrounds, picnics, recreation and community. As stewards of Tulsa park land, the City of Tulsa Parks' family is passionate about their work and strive to provide the best park programs and park space for Tulsans. We hope you enjoy Tulsa parks and the many pleasures they have to offer.


This quarterly newsletter will focus on the creativity, accomplishments and activities at Tulsa parks. Feel free to share this newsletter with other nature and park enthusiasts. Enjoy!

Tulsa Parks Summer Amenities

Oxley Nature Center
Hiking Trails

A fun way to spend a summer day is to grab the family and take a hike at Oxley Nature Center. With nearly nine miles of trails, most trails are flat and accessible for wheelchairs and strollers unless rain has made the surfaces too soft or muddy.

The main part of the Oxley Nature Center trail system centers around the Interpretive Building. A second set of trails, the North Woods Unit, may be found northwest of Mohawk Park's Golf Course and northeast of Lake Yahola.
You can hike the trails year-round, seven days a week. The trails are closed to the public during Mohawk Park's curfew hours from 9 p.m. - 5 a.m. Hikers can park outside the gates from 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. to walk the trails even when the gates are closed.

Springdale Water Playground Open
A new water playground opened this summer at Springdale Park located at 2223 East Pine. The water playground has been a huge hit and the renovated Springdale Park draws large crowds daily. Other amenities in the park include a large shelter and new playground. The consultant on the project was gh2 Architects LLC. Come beat the summer heat and join us at Springdale!

B.C. Franklin Park
Now Open

The newly renovated B.C. Franklin Park is now open to the public and includes two Thunder-themed basketball courts, a Black Wall Street themed playground, an outdoor fitness station donated by the Oklahoma Surgical Hospital Foundation and a new shelter. 

The Oklahoma City Thunder and Thunder Cares Foundation partnered with the City of Tulsa to dedicate the two Thunder-themed basketball courts during the City's unveiling of the newly renovated B.C. Franklin Park on June 29. The consultant for B.C. Franklin Park was BKL Inc. See you at B.C. and don't forget your basketball!

Park Opportunities

Challenger 7 Park Community Garden

In 2012, the City of Tulsa Park and Recreation Department turned an inoperable park pool at Challenger 7 Park into a garden for the surrounding community to enjoy. The garden was established with the goal of creating a sustainable way for families in low-income areas to grow fresh produce.

Residents in the area can grow vegetables and fruits to have a new source of fresh produce to take home. The garden also helps with educational opportunities for the community through nutrition education, gardening classes and cooking classes. Community volunteers of all ages and skill sets are engaged to support the garden and more volunteers are needed to plant, pull weeds and harvest.

Individuals interested in volunteering can contact: Cathy Chenowith at , Sherry at (918) 859-4119 or join the Challenger 7 Community Garden Facebook page. Garden hours are Tues. and Thurs. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. and Sat. 7 -10:30 a.m.

Day Camp Openings
Day Camps have started and are in full swing at Hicks, Lacy, Reed, Whiteside and WaterWorks Art Camp. Traditional camp days consist of sports, games, arts and crafts, special events, swimming and field trips. Traditional camps are open for children, ages 6-12. WaterWorks Art camps offer a variety of art projects and visual art camps for children ages 7-11.  More information about classes and pricing is available online.

K-9 Splash Events at Reed and Lacy Pools

Join us for the K-9 Splash at Reed Pool on Saturday, August 13 from 9:30 - 11 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Tickets go on sale July 18 at Reed Community Center. The Lacy Pool K-9 Splash Event will be held on Sunday, August 14, 9:30 - 11 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Tickets go on sale July 25 at Lacy Community Center. Admission is $5 per dog. Tickets are limited and not sold at the gate.

Restrictions for K-9 Splash Events:
  • Dogs must be current on vaccinations
  • Dogs must be on leash when entering or exiting the pool
  • Dogs must be spayed or neutered
  • No dogs in heat