Demolition delayed at north Tulsa parks


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Updated: 6/21/2013 3:00 pm Published: 6/21/2013 2:59 pm


Demolition has been delayed for three north Tulsa rec centers.

North Tulsa neighbors consider it a small victory, but they’re angry about the condition one park is in now.

There are metal wires shooting out of the ground where a pool was demolished in April and there are large rocks all over the place. One neighbor pointed out an open drain in the park.

They told FOX23 they are worried one of the kids who live nearby and comes to play at this park could get hurt.

Joi McCondichie remembered the park’s brighter days as she walked around the Ben Hill Rec Center. She remembered the park's brighter days when she watched her son grow up.

“This is the first park he ever played basketball and got his first trophy," she said.

Now, the basketball court is cracked and overgrown with weeds. The rec center is abandoned and she pointed out rotten wires on the ground.

“This is how the city has left the pool. It's the city’s accountability to repair these parks, these aren't private parks," she said.

In April, FOX23 caught the demolition of the park’s pool on camera.

The city told FOX23 at the time that it was torn down because the bottom was cracked and it was a danger for kids.

Two months later, neighbors said it is worse than it was before and an even bigger safety hazard.

FOX23 went to City Hall to find out what is planned for the park.

“We will have the fill done, it depends on when construction can start on other amenities," said Director of Community and Economic Development for the city, Dwain Midget.


He told FOX23 that splash pads and sand boxes will eventually be built at the park, but McCondichie wondered what will happen until then.

“If the city is concerned about people’s safety (they) need to fence this immediately,” she said.

The city told FOX23 a fence will be put up and they said the city issued a request for anyone interested in re-opening the rec center to contact them.

Neighbors are worried about who could take over the center, but Midget said this will always be park property and that a positive development will move in to the center.


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Mayor Maynot - 6/21/2013 7:42 PM
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Blah blah bla bla bla bla bla bla blaaa. Fertile ground for gang AcTiViTy

Islander - 6/21/2013 4:48 PM
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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 earlier 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, electricity and water--ongoing costs. 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. For accurate information as to the status of the parks, I suggest you directly contact the Parks Department, perhaps Lucy Dolman, rather than Mr. Midget. And here is a reference page from the Parks Master Plan, https://www.cityoftulsa.org/media/81200/tulsa%20parks%20and%20recreation%20master%20plan%20final%20report%202.24.10.pdf.
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