Residents Continue Discussions for Future of B.C. Franklin Park
It's not much to look at now. The remnants of BC Franklin. A ghost town of a park that no one in the neighborhood is happy about.
"For us not to have what we need as a community here to improve our way of life, you know, its hard on everybody," said Ifaseyi F-Amusan.
Which is why roughly two dozen people met at Booker T for a special bus tour.
"Our goal is to have one of the best parks in the city of Tulsa," said Vanessa Hall-Harper who organized a seven park tour to help the community get ideas on what they'd like the future BC Franklin to look like. "We want to make logical, strategic, and educated decisions, and so I thought this tour would be a good idea," she said.
First stop, Kendall-Whittier, where the simple presence of a restroom brought up some bad memories when one resident remembered being told by a city official that bathrooms weren't feasible at the new BC Franklin and that they should simply go home if they had to go.
"I was appalled. First of all it showed a total lack of respect to the individuals who were attending that initial meeting about the amenities for BC Franklin park," said Anthony Marshall.
One of the biggest losses lamented at BC Franklin is that of the pool, now just an empty husk filed with leaves and trash. There are no plans to rebuild another pool, but if there were, would people use it?
"If they built a pool I guarantee the first day it opens I'd be there," said Matt Nicholson, with family and friends at the older-type splash pad just a few hundred yards away BC Franklin now.
"Just want to give them some type of options besides inside with a popsicle," said Kavaughn Blalock.
The future of BC Franklin, with a bus tour to hopefully turn it into something to write home about.
"We want to make sure that what we receive in North Tulsa not only is equal but perhaps even surpasses what is available," said Marshall.