Demolition begins on Tulsa Park swimming pool

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Updated: 4/11/2013 9:14 am Published: 4/10/2013 6:24 pm

Demolition has started on a Tulsa park swimming pool.

It's frustrating many Tulsans who are fighting to keep their parks and recreation areas.

"The equipment comes out early in the middle of the night and the next morning bright and early they're out here tearing it up," said former Tulsa City Councilman Roscoe Turner.

He and nearly a dozen others watched demolition crews tear down the pool at Ben Hill Park.

"We were made promises that the demolition would be on hold at Ben Hill," said Tulsan Byron Watson.

City of Tulsa Capital Improvement Plans for 2012-2016 show $465-million was allocated for parks across Tulsa.

However, Watson says they haven’t seen it.

"We're intelligent people,” he said. “We know what we're talking about but no one is listening."

There was $180-thousand budgeted for Ben Hill Park.

"The money hasn't been spent,” said Mayor Dewey Bartlett. “It hasn't been used anywhere else. It's still available. What we're attempting to do is come up with a good alternative."

Bartlett told FOX23 the pool was a danger to everyone in the area, saying there was a hole in the bottom of it where someone could've fallen through and been hurt. He says it would've cost less to tear it down than fix it.

"We're trying the best we can to reallocate those resources and still provide access to a very good park. It may not be in the same location but nearby," said Bartlett.

"They want to give some of this land to somebody,” said Turner. “Don't know who."

"We are tired of basically, I can't say it any other way, being misled (and) lied to," said Watson.

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