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11:36 am
Tue May 6, 2014

19 New Donors Pledge Funds for Planned Tulsa Park

Scale model of the proposed park.
Credit KWGS News File Photo

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Nineteen donors have committed more than $40 million for the city's newest park along the Arkansas River, pushing the total contributions for the planned project over the $100 million mark.

The George Kaiser Family Foundation — which will contribute $200 million toward the project— announced the pledges this week for the park, called "A Gathering Place for Tulsa."

Kaiser is a lifelong Tulsan and one of the wealthiest people in the country. He's chairman of BOK Financial Corp. and a major shareholder in various energy and technology companies.

The donations will help fund the construction of the nearly 91-acre park and seed its operating endowment. The project's fundraising goal is $150 million.

More information about the park can be found at www.agatheringplacefortulsa.com.