Guthrie Green celebrates 10 years in Tulsa

TULSA, Okla. — Guthrie Green is celebrating a decade of fun in downtown Tulsa over the next week.

Tulsans can look forward to several free events to mark the ten year milestone.

“Guthrie Green has brought so much excitement, growth, and opportunity to the city, especially in the Tulsa Arts District, over the last ten years,” said Julio Badin, Executive Director of Guthrie Green. “We look forward to partnering with the community even more in our future.”

Guthrie Green, which sits near Boston and Reconciliation Way downtown, started as an old freight yard. In 2012, it was it was transformed into the urban green space you see today. The industrial block required the removal of an old gas station.

Since then, the park has been putting extra “green” into the Tulsa Arts District, including a geothermal well field five hundred feet under ground. It consists of 120 wells that circulate water to transfer heat up from the earth in the winter and take heat down in the summer. This process generates 600 tons of heating and cooling for six surrounding nonprofits including Ahha Tulsa, Tulsa Symphony, Bob Dylan Center, Woody Guthrie Center, 108 Contemporary, and Fly Loft. Guthrie Green says this process cuts heating and cooling costs by approximately 60%.

In the past decade, Guthrie Green has held more than 200 Food Truck Wednesdays. The next one, Sept. 7th is part of the celebration meaning giveaways and free birthday cake.

Through a variety of free programs and events, Guthrie Green continues to be a source of culture, health and wellness and ecological awareness. Here is a list of the birthday celebrations:

Guthrie Green Day—Thursday, September 1

In 2017, Mayor G.T. Bynum declared September 1 Guthrie Green Day in Tulsa. Ken Levit, the executive director of George Kaiser Family Foundation, Steph Simon, rapper and executive producer of Fire in Little Africa and Julio Badin, Guthrie Green’s executive director were among the speakers.

Art Market After Dark—Friday, September 2

The Green will transform into a nighttime art market with tents decorated in string lights and light projections from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event showcases dozens of local artists and handmade work for sale. Plus, artists will perform on stage and musicians will perform in different areas around the park.

Food Truck Wednesday Birthday Bash—Wednesday, September 7

In addition to a wide variety of local food and dessert trucks, guests can enjoy live music, lawn games, birthday giveaways and free birthday cake baked by Antoinette Baking Co. from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Movie on the Green: Reservation Dogs and The Outsiders––Thursday, September 8

Head to the Green for a special presentation by OKPOP with Danny Boy O’Connor, owner of The Outsiders House Museum, and Dylan Brodie, a producer for Reservation Dogs, starting at 7 p.m. Guests can snack on free popcorn and watch a free screening of the newest episode of Reservation Dogs followed by Tulsa’s classic film, The Outsiders.

10-Year Celebration Concert—Friday, September 9

Expect live performances by U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, Parker Millsap and Samantha Crain from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Food trucks will be on site.

Saturday Morning Cartoons—Saturday, September 10

Wear your pajamas, lounge on the lawn with over-sized bean bags and blankets and watch a mix of classic and current Saturday morning cartoons from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Guests can also enjoy free pancakes from a famous pancake artist, lawn games and coloring activities for kids.

Hip-Hop 918—Sunday, September 18

“Hip-Hop 918: Kickin’ It Old School,” features national and local musical acts and dance performances reminiscent of the age of hip-hop. The concert will take the Green back to the late ‘80s and early ‘90s from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. This year’s performers include The Sugarhill Gang with special guests Melle Mel & Scorpio; British rapper, actress Monie Love; Tulsa’s own Steph Simon, and more.