The latest Tulsa Park Rec Center to meet the wrecking ball is B.C. Franklin. The demolition comes despite protests from some neighbors and the Councilor for that area, Jack Henderson. They wanted to try and save the facility. Henderson is afraid the lack of a rec center will increase crime and vandalism in the neighborhood, because youngsters won’t have anything to do this summer.
The Park Department master plan includes demolition of several older rec centers and swimming pools. They’re being replaced with splash pads and other amenities that don’t need a lot of supervision and maintenance.