The Gathering Place Gets a Green Light

Aug 7, 2013

commissioner Bill Leighty at today's Planning Commission meeting.
Credit KWGS News/TGov

The proposed 'Gathering Place' along the Arkansas River gets a boost. The Tulsa Planning Commission, this afternoon,  approved a Public Unit Development permit for the project along Riverside Drive.

The park is being funded by the George Kaiser Family Foundation. Planning Commissioner Bill Leighty says Tulsa has never had a gift like this.

Bill Leighty - "This is such a enormous gift to the City of Tulsa of the extent of what it's going to do for the quality of life here really won't be realized until sometime after the thing is completed."

He says the gift from the Kaiser Family is attracting other philanthropic groups to donate to the project.

Bill Leighty - "The foundation has made it clear that they're sponsoring this and they're going to fund it. But a lot of other philanthropic interests and corporate sponsors are coming forward because they want to be partner."

Construction on the first phase is expected to begin early next year.