April 5, 2017
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!

Rowing Competition
Draws All Ages

On Saturday, January 28, Reed Park, in partnership with Tulsa Youth Rowing Association, held an indoor rowing competition. 

The event featured three different competition races: an individual 1k/2k race, a team 1k race and a CrossFit WOD (Workout of the Day) called the "TYRA 2K". Seventy five participants ages 11-81 competed in the races.

Pickleball? Sign Up Today!
Pickleball is a popular sport that has become a leading recreational activity for Tulsans. Pickleball is a paddle sport combining many elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong. 

Created for all ages and skill levels, Hicks and Whiteside Parks continue to have men and women sign up daily to play pickleball. 

The Whiteside Park pickleball schedule has expanded to include every weekday and the occasional Saturday morning. Hicks Park offers pickleball on Mondays and Wednesdays from noon - 3 p.m. and Thursday evenings from 6 - 8 p.m. To find out more about the pickleball schedule, call (918) 746-5040.

Self-Defense Class Teaches Survival Skills 

Central Center hosted a self-defense class on February 7 featuring martial arts experts, Anthony Hervey, Jacob Boydstun and James McGill. The free session engaged participants in practical and easy to apply survival skills and how to stay safe in a variety of scenarios. Thank you to our experts for the eye-opening experience. 
Trails Expanding at Mohawk Park

Tulsa Parks has been working with a small group of volunteers to open designated trails in Mohawk Park that can accommodate horseback riding, walking, and bicycling. The trails are a combination of existing trails that need to be cleared of tree debris and undergrowth. Parks staff is working to establish the new trails using the perimeters provided by current property lines and utilities. Once work is complete, approximately 5.1 miles of trails will be open for Tulsans to enjoy.  

Sign Up Now for
Summer Day Camp

Tulsa Parks has fun activities lined up for children this summer. Day camp programs are designed for youth ages, 6 to 12 at Hicks, Lacy, Reed and Whiteside Community Centers. Field trips, swimming, crafts, and games are all part of the day camp experience with each camp session lasting one week. WaterWorks Art Camp is a two week camp focusing on arts and culture, while covering a variety of art mediums. Enrollment begins April 1 for day camps and the WaterWorks Art Camp. For more information, visit:
Tulsa Pools Offer
Summer Cool Down

If you're looking for ways to stay cool this summer, visit a City of Tulsa pool at Berry, Lacy, Reed or Whiteside - all pools will open the first week of June. Not only will pools be open for general swimming, but Tulsa Parks offers swim lessons. Splash pads and water playgrounds are also located across the city for your enjoyment. For more information about swim lessons, pool hours, and splash pad and water playground locations, visit: