May 11, 2015
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

Water Playgrounds &
Splash Pads


Tulsa Parks Water Playgrounds and Splash Pads are set to open Memorial Day Weekend and will be open through the summer. Hours for water playgrounds and splash pads are 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.  A rental policy is in place that allows patrons to pay for additional hours of usage outside of normal operating hours. The rental fee is $25 an hour for a minimum of two hours.


Call 918-596-2527 for more information regarding rentals. 


Sign-Up Now for
Summer Day Camps

Enrollment has started for Tulsa Parks summer day camp program at Hicks, Lacy, Reed, Whiteside and WaterWorks Art Center.  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 will offer a variety of art projects and visual art camps for children ages 7-11. Call 918-596-2440 for prices and enrollment information.

Pools and Swimming Lessons

Tulsa Parks will soon be opening five pools for children this summer at Berry, Lacy, McClure, Reed, and Whiteside. The Annual Parks Beach Bash will be held at McClure Pool on May 30. Lacy and Reed pools will open on May 31 and Berry and Whiteside will open on June 1. Swim lesson registration is open and individuals can register at Hicks, Lacy, Reed and Whiteside Community Centers. Pool passes and reduced passes will be on sale in May at the community centers. Reduced passes are $10 for 30 visits and a total of three passes can be purchased throughout the summer. 

Parks Recognition & Opportunities

Biscuit Acres Volunteer Association 

Established in 2008, the Biscuit Acres Volunteer Association(BAVA) at Hunter Park continues to grow in active membership and with fundraising efforts, Park improvements continue to be made at Biscuit Acres. With the support of BAVA and donations in excess of $30,000 - new trees, watering stations with shade sails, benches, concrete sitting areas, a volunteer storage shed and weekend security for high volume periods have been added to the park. Thank you to BAVA for continuing to contribute to the overall success of Biscuit Acres.  

Mike Perkins, Tulsa Parks & Recreation Urban Forester 


Mike Perkins was featured in the April edition of Tulsa People Magazine for his contributions to the City of Tulsa and Tulsa Parks. Perkins is a certified arborist and manages the overall urban forest of trees in the Tulsa Parks system. 


Thanks to Mike and the rest of the Tulsa Parks and Recreation staff for all that you do.

World's Largest Swim Lesson on June 18

Join swimmers across the world for the World's Largest Swim Lesson on Thurs., June 18. Participants in Tulsa can join the fun at Reed Pool, 4233 S. Yukon Ave. at 10 a.m., registration at 9:15 a.m.


Team up with the City of Tulsa to help prevent childhood drowning by spreading the word that Swimming Lessons Save Lives™. This will be the sixth year to set a new Guinness World Record. Last year, there were 36,564 participants in 22 countries that joined in the World's Largest Swim Lesson.