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Halliburton sponsors new bridge by donating $10 million to Gathering Place

Halliburton sponsors new bridge by donating $10 million to The Gathering Place (KTUL)

TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) -- Work is nearing its end at the Gathering Place, but not before more private donations came pouring in. Today, park leaders and investors met to show off the newest contribution: a $10 million donation.

It might be cold outside, but that’s not stopping progress on Tulsa's newest park, and with help from donations, the Gathering Place in Tulsa is almost complete.

“This community will have a world-class park to enjoy along the banks of the Arkansas River," said Executive Director Jeff Stava.

The oil and gas company, Halliburton, is sponsoring a new bridge called King Post Bridge.

“We value opportunities to support the community in which we live," said Halliburton CEO Jeff Miller.

Miller says Tulsa is home to hundreds of his employees.

“The Gathering Place provides an outstanding benefit to the local community," said Miller.

Officials say the project has received more than $200 million in private donations.

Tulsa businessman George Kaiser was also present. He and his Kaiser Family Foundation pitched in another $200 million, helping to make this place a reality.

“This year, Tulsans will have the opportunity to enjoy something truly special thanks to the kindness of individuals and organizations alike," said Stava.

Stava says five acres of playgrounds are opening in a little more than a week, and thousands of school children from around Tulsa are being invited to visit.

Other park features set to open soon include a BMX track, skate park and boathouse.

As of now, construction is set to wrap up this spring or summer.

In total, the park is costing $465 million to build.

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