A GATHERING PLACE FOR TULSA
Tulsa, OK (2011–ongoing)
Thanks to a generous gift from the George Kaiser Family Foundation, MVVA is leading an effort to revitalize Tulsa’s riverfront by connecting three adjacent waterfront parcels to the existing River Parks system, creating a broad and active civic commons that will function as the city’s central open space. This project represents an opportunity to turn Tulsa’s waterfront into a force for improving the city’s social, economic and environmental sustainability. Capitalizing on Tulsa’s rich architectural history and cultural institutions, this diverse and highly active waterfront park will complement existing urban amenities and strengthen the connections between the city and its natural environment.
Developed in close consultation with city officials and the local community, the project will start with dramatic improvements to the structure and ecology of the site, including the creation of two land bridges over Riverside Drive and the rehabilitation of the Crow Creek corridor. These steps will lay the groundwork for the new park landscape, which will combine multifunctional spaces and flexible programming to create a democratic space that can provide something for everyone. The park will include broad lawns; several playground areas; fountains, ponds, and streams; ornamental gardens; food and drink concessions; and a skate park.