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New recreation getaway Showcase


by: RHETT MORGAN World Staff Writer

Monday, May 25, 2009
5/25/2009 3:49:03 AM

SKIATOOK — Municipal leaders are planning an estimated $4.7 million park to showcase the Osage Prairie Trail.

The park design was presented to town trustees last week by LandPlan Consultants Inc. of Tulsa, a landscape architecture firm.

"Within a month, we'll be making some final decisions on how we're going to proceed," said Martin Tucker, Skiatook's town coordinator.

The new park, stretching roughly four blocks south from Oklahoma 20 at Locust Street, would encompass nearly 10 acres and mark the current terminus of the Osage Prairie Trail, which extends from 56th Street North in Tulsa to Oklahoma 20 in Skiatook.

Plans call for the park to include an amphitheater, playground, community garden, splash pad, picnic shelter, basketball and volleyball courts and a horseshoe area. Existing features include a shelter, gazebo and a parking area.

The city has secured a $150,000 enhancement grant from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation for a restroom, and an additional $50,000 could come from Vision 2025, Tucker said.

Skiatook is exploring other funding sources in the form of grants, investors and low-interest loans via agencies or foundations, Tucker said.

LandPlan Consultants has designed more than 45 miles of trails and greenways in Oklahoma and master planned at least 1,500 miles of trails, bikeways and greenways in Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas.

The Osage Prairie Trail is a 14.5-mile path built on the abandoned Midland Valley railroad tracks, from Tulsa to Skiatook.

LandPlan President Keith Franklin said that one of the goals for Skiatook's park is to provide a family location that caters to children. "It's nice to see that Skiatook is interested in providing this level of facility to their citizens," he said.

Tucker said he would like to see the park became a recreation destination for the region. Construction on a portion of the park could begin this summer.

"This would really be a nice, visible area to show off," Tucker said.


Rhett Morgan 581-8395
rhett.morgan@tulsaworld.com

Associate Images:

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An architectural rendering shows a play area at a new 10-acre park being planned in Skiatook. Courtesy / Landplan Consultants


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This rendering shows a new 10-acre park on the Osage Prairie Trail being planned in Skiatook.

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