Gathering Place of Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

On 8th of September a huge and exciting ceremony was staged to mark the opening to the public of the largest playground in the USA in the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Tulsa’s Gathering Place, a 66.5-acre park on the banks of the Arkansas River, in recent months several hundred items of play equipment have been installed on the 27-hectare park site by the Richter company. This includes six gigantic towers linked by eight bridges – one of which is an impressive 18 metres in length and hangs six metres in the air. The designer Günter Beltzig, who has worked in close partnership with Richter for over 30 years, created a number of items of play equipment for Tulsa including a ship, an elephant and the plaza, a seating circle of concrete elements with a unique ambience and acoustics.

The "Tulsa Towers" designed especially for the project are 14 metres high and, with the highest platform standing ten metres above the ground, offer a unique view over the surrounding area. They have already caused quite a stir in Frasdorf, where they were designed and produced and in June 2016 were erected on the site of the Richter Spielgeräte company for testing purposes. They were then again dismantled and shipped to the US along with the other equipment for the project in 32 containers. Two Richter towers of similar dimensions have already been erected in another award-winning large playground in the USA – Chicago's Maggie Daley Park.

Other attractions which the expected one million local, national and international annual visitors to Tulsa can look forward to include the Richter company's first vertical water playground, an eight-metre- high tunnel slide and an almost nine-metre-high wooden elephant which is twice the size of a real bull African elephant. The vast dimensions of the items of equipment built are indicative of a unique project which the team feel will have a positive long-term impact on playground construction in the USA.

 

 

 

 

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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