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Tulsa beautification project includes stopping place for monarch butterflies

The City of Tulsa is doing its part to save the butterflies. A new monarch butterfly waystation is opening this fall near 85th and Lewis. (KTUL)

TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) -- The City of Tulsa is doing its part to save the butterflies. A new monarch butterfly waystation is opening this fall near 85th and Lewis.

It's part of a beautification and sidewalk project between 81st and 91st on Lewis Avenue.

Monarch waystations provide necessary resources like milkweed and nectar to butterflies as they migrate to and from Mexico each year.

City officials say the project was possible thanks to donations from the community.

The sidewalk project on Lewis was completed Tuesday. It includes 2,900 linear feet of sidewalk and a stormwater box extension. The $150,000 sidewalk was funded through Improve Our Tulsa.

"Our number one priority for the neighborhood was to install a much needed sidewalk to make it safer for pedestrians," said Mayor Dewey Bartlett. "Through our resiliency efforts, groups across generations came together to make this more than a sidewalk project by creating a unique monarch waystation that could also serve as the practical connector for residents in the area."

Many local organizations and schools have taken an interest in the conservation of monarch butterflies. Riverfield Country Day School tags butterflies for migration and plans to visit the waystation as part of their "Roots and Shoots" program.

Donors include:

  • Grogg’s Green Barn and LandPlan Consultants, Inc. - Donated their time to design a plan and specifications for the monarch waystation.
  • Oral Roberts University and Riverfield Country Day School – Will donate volunteer hours to install the waystation.
  • University Village - Entered into a sidewalk easement with the City of Tulsa so the sidewalk could be placed further away from the busy arterial street and safer for pedestrians. University Village will also maintain the monarch waystation after it is installed by volunteers.
  • Walmart - Donated funds for landscaping for the sidewalk area and monarch waystation.
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