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Gathering Place, Tulsa

#1 of 47 in Outdoors in Oklahoma
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Gathering Place (est. on September 8, 2018) is a public open space in Tulsa, Oklahoma. First announced in 2014, and previously called The Gathering Place and A Gathering Place for Tulsa, it is centered on the east bank of the Arkansas River south of the Downtown area and immediately west of the historic Maple Ridge Historic District, an upscale residential area. Largely the brainchild of Tulsa multibillionaire and philanthropist, George Kaiser, "Gathering Place" was designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh. This public-private partnership covers approximately 100 acres of land and as of September 2018, has cost about $465 million to construct.

The main attractions are the Chapman Adventure Playground, the Williams Lodge, a boathouse, splash playground, great lawn, outdoor sports courts, a skate park, a wetland pond and garden, and numerous trails among other locations. There are plenty of activities for kids and adults alike.
Tulsa's Gathering Place was named the Best New Attraction in the nation in 2018 through the USA Today Readers’ Choice awards. In 2019, Gathering Place made Time Magazine's list of The World's 100 Greatest Places of 2019, National Geographic's list of 12 Mind-Bending Playgrounds Around the World, and the American Planning Association's list of six great public spaces in America. Gathering Place was named the best city park in the nation in a 2021 USA Today readers’ choice competition.
According to the Tulsa World, Gathering Place officials had planned for the facility to attract a million visitors per year. The actual attendance for the first ten days of operation was 155,000. The two-day grand opening attracted about 55,000 visitors.
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  • My favorite part here was, probably everything, to the big slides, to the ice cream parlor, skateboarding area, little kids are, do recommend for family and friends, no fun going alone, definitely...  more »
  • My husband, two teenage boys, and me loved the Gathering Place. We were in town to tour TU and everyone told us to go here. We were blown away.  more »
  • Very expansive, beautifully maintained, imaginatively themed. The most impressive areas were the Adventure Playground and Peggy’s Pond. Good for big groups. However, I would only go to The Gathering Place if you have small children. There are very few adult activities other than viewing the landscape and getting adult beverages. Our party did enjoy taking paddle boats through Peggy’s Pond. Also, there are very few water fountains, so bring your own water. Not a lot of signage; it can be difficult to tell where you are, so be sure to grab a map or download the park’s app. But if you do happen to have small children, it’s a great place to let them run free and enjoy the outdoors.
  • Fantastic park for the entire family. Several eateries and many places to just sit back and relax. The variety of activities is phenomenal. Several locations for parking-- just in case you want to visit one portion of the park. Well planned out and easy access for those using scooters or wheel chairs or needing strollers usage. Just keep up those little ones.

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