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City Councilors to vote on north Tulsa park demolition

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Updated: 6/20/2013 1:57 pm Published: 6/20/2013 1:57 pm

On Thursday night, Tulsa City Councilors will vote on a resolution requesting crews delay the demolition of three recreation centers.

The mayor said the centers at BC Franklin, Ben Hill and Springdale parks are too costly to maintain. The city wants to build pavilions and splash pads in their place.

People near those parks have been fighting for more than a year to keep the rec centers open. The pool at Ben Hill Park has already been demolished.

Councilors will also vote the administration cancel its request for proposals for private operation and management of Ben Hill.

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Islander - 6/21/2013 8:53 AM
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As a member of the Sales Tax Overview Committee, I am aware of the park situation you're reporting on. The interview with the neighborhood representative is WAY off. The park will NOT BE SOLD to a private entity. The option is to have a private entity operate the facility, meaning pay and provide for personnel, utilities and general maintenance--ongoing costs. The City will continue to own and do structural maintenance on the facilities. Money has been available to make the upgrades to the basketball courts and other facilities, but any movement forward has been stalled by the demands to keep the crumbling buildings, which have been vandalized beyond any lack of maintenance, to the point they need complete replacement, a very expensive endeavor, and then where are the funds to operate them to come from? Operation includes personnel to open/close the buildings and replace the toilet paper--ongoing costs. The neighbors are complaining if the buildings are torn down they won't have anything. What have they been doing for the past few years? Other northside neighborhoods have accepted the Parks Department plans, and are reaping the benefits of those upgrades. Perhaps a review of parks, like Maxwell, for instance, would give a perspective other than the demands of a few.

Mayor Maynot - 6/20/2013 8:04 PM
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Pretty fertile ground for gang activity.
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