Uproar over demolition for city parks

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Reported by: MirandaChristian
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.

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sociallyaware - 2/2/2012 7:59 PM
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Here is the problem the citizens of North Tulsa have with this budget...We have over $1.8 million for our parks from the third penny sales tax allocated for North Tulsa. The money is there to fix our parks!! In 2001-2006 fiscal year WHAT WAS SUPPOSE TO BE SPENT FOR BC FRANKLIN New Play Unit $ 45,000 Replace Gym Floor $ 52,000 Air condition gym $ 95,000 repaint entire facility $ 16,000 a total of $208,000 I would like to ask Lucy NO Dolman....where is the dough?

watchdog11 - 1/31/2012 6:27 PM
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I'm worried about the gangsters and gays, where on earth will they meet now if all the parks on the North side are closed....Oh, that's right, there is still Riverside! Whew, had me concerned there for a minute. Kindagreywolf, I live on the North side, and these parks are not used by the kids, it isn't safe for them there, it would be doing them a favor if they were turned into huge green zones, at least they wouldn't get aids or hep. trying to play there,less likely to be shot or stabbed in the open too.

goodwinboi - 1/31/2012 2:09 PM
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Let me guess....its in a BLACK neighborhood and this will turn out to be "they are only doing this cuz were black" always has to turn into racial.

jarhead40 - 1/31/2012 6:00 AM
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Take a drive through the north side and see all the dilapidated homes, is that the cities fault as well? Why is it always those that are in the 48% that pay nothing into the system the loudest to scream about money?

kindagreywolf - 1/31/2012 12:23 AM
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I always thought I was a Racist until I moved here and have personally seen what the City has done to the Northside. Now I know I'm a Saint.
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