Apartment Residents Told to Move to Make Room for Park

Construction is scheduled to begin in September along Riverside Drive for Tulsa's newest and largest park.

Organizers for the "Gathering Place for Tulsa" announced that a groundbreaking ceremony will be held Sept. 20. Tulsa residents are invited to attend the picnic that will boast food trucks, family activities and live music.

"We are thrilled to finally break ground and start construction on A Gathering Place for the citizens of Tulsa," Project Manager Jeff Stava said. "We believe this park will be a sought-after destination and provide enjoyment for our entire community and region for generations to come."

Organizers added that pre-construction preparations are already underway for the new park that will stretch from 27th Street to 31st Street on the east and west sides of Riverside Drive and will continue on the west side to almost 34th street. Residents living at the Sundance Apartments and Legacy Apartments were notified in February 2012 to vacate before crews began their demolition.

"As discussed during the public input process in 2012, long-term plans include redevelopment of the acreage the apartments occupy," a release stated. "Approximately 708 tenants in 577 units are currently being contacted and will be assisted on a one-on-one basis to relocate by year-end."

Residents told KTUL that a certain amount of monetary compensation would be provided for their relocation expenses. Case & Associates, CB Richard Ellis and Tulsa Apartment Locators are assisting residents affected to help them find new homes.

"Construction of A Gathering Place requires a tremendous amount of planning and coordination," Bob Jack, senior vice president of Manhattan Construction Group, said. "Building a park of this stature requires a team effort and community-wide support. I am excited to help create a place for Tulsa that my children and my children's children will come to."

Previous reports from KTUL state that the project will be a 100 acre park and recreation area along the Arkansas River. Phase 1 is expected to open in late 2017.