Gathering Place of Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

Tulsa, Oklahoma’s second largest city, will soon be home to one of the largest playgrounds in the United States. Tulsa’s Gathering Place, a 66.5-acre park on the banks of the Arkansas River, will contain a total of 350 pieces of Richter play equipment, with 115 unique items, including 6 monumental towers connected by 8 bridges—one of which runs 60 feet in length and hangs 20 feet in the air. Other features that will thrill Tulsa’s families--as well as visitors to this quintessential American oil town--include Richter’s first vertical water playground, a 26-foot-tall tunnel slide, and a 28-foot tall wooden elephant: that is two times the size of the average male African elephant!

 

 

 

 

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The surprising design of a new Tulsa park, where children learn by escaping adults and facing obstacles

 

 

StateImpact - Oklahoma

The surprising design of a new Tulsa park, where children learn by escaping adults and facing obstacles

The Gathering Place in Tulsa is the rare local park that’s made national headlines.

The $465 million project opened in September, transforming 66 acres alongside the Arkansas River into a theme park-like space. It was built mostly through private donations and is free to the public. » Read more

Gathering Place in 360 Video: The Long-Term Benefits of Play

 

 

Oklahoma Watch

Gathering Place in 360 Video: The Long-Term Benefits of Play

Gathering Place, Tulsa’s extraordinary new park, isn’t just a fun place to play. The project was meticulously designed to keep kids learning and stimulate brain development in several important ways. » Read more

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Citylab

A Short Guide to Tulsa’s New $465 Million Park

If Volcanoville and Charlie’s Water Mountain aren’t enough for you, what about a boating pond and a skate park? » Read more

 CURBED - Stunning $465M park set to transform Tulsa’s riverfront

 

CURBED

Stunning $465M park set to transform Tulsa’s riverfront

The Gathering Place is set to open September 8 » Read more

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New York Times

Transforming Tulsa, Starting With a Park

TULSA, Okla. — The landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh is a diviner of places, a city whisperer.

Though he had never set foot in Tulsa, he was coaxed to a flat, ho-hum stretch of land overlooking the Arkansas River by the billionaire philanthropist George B. Kaiser, who was bent on building a park... » Read more

The Frontier: Tulsa elementary school student reviews his trip to the Gathering Place

 

The Frontier

Tulsa elementary school student reviews his trip to the Gathering Place

Keith Bell is a student at Mayo Demonstration Elementary School. His school is among those whose students have been allowed to “test out” Tulsa’s Gathering Place park ahead of its summer 2018 opening.

Bell, 6, who traveled to the park last week, wrote a review of his experience for The Frontier... » Read more