|Updated: 1/31/2012 9:09 am
||Published: 1/30/2012 10:51 pm
Some unhappy people packed into Rudisill Library Monday night in North Tulsa. The city could demolish three parks in the area. It’s part of Tulsa Parks Master Plan.
Joi McCondichie said frustration drove her to hit the street. She went door-to-door to make sure neighbors knew how she felt.
"I was born and raised in this neighborhood," said McCondichie.
McCondichie spent time urging people to show up at the town hall meeting at Rudisill Library.
"The city is not really concerned about citizens on this side of town,” said McCondichie.
McCondichie said that because Ben Hill, Springdale, and B.C. Franklin parks could face demolition. All of them, in City Counselor Jack Henderson's district.
"If you demo a building, it's not going to come back," said Henderson.
"A lot of those have been closed for 10 yrs so there's tons of maintenance involved," said Michelle Allen, with the City of Tulsa.
The city's budget was already thin in the parks department. The three parks in Henderson's district were considered dilapidated.
Renderinings show how recreational buildings would be replaced with -open pavillions, and splash pads. Something the city says is more affordable and manageable.
"The only reason they're in bad condition is because the city did not take the money to keep them up,” said Henderson.
"What they see as an eye sore is an icon,” said McCondichie. Soon those icons could be nothing more than a memory.
The city said we should know what’s next for these buildings within the next couple of weeks. The city also says construction would begin within the same week of demolition. Also, the park names would not change.