Sapulpa preparing to unveil new playground, considering adding recreation center

SAPULPA, Okla. — The City of Sapulpa is working on some new additions for the people living in its community.

The city told FOX23 that they’re looking at a feasibility study for a new Booker T. Washington Recreation Center, with the help of the community.

The new, more vibrant facility would replace the old one, but is planned to maintain the essence of it.

They’ve put together a committee to go over the different aspects of the recreation center to create a program for the architectural aspects of the building, what will be included in the project and how the facility would run.

Those logistics would include policies like fees, rental costs and programming.

The city has a second public meeting scheduled for Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the current rec center to discuss the plans and get more input from the community.

Sapulpa’s plans for the new rec center come as they prepare to unveil a new $600,000 inclusive playground at Liberty Park.

The playground will be for ages 2-12 and be accessible to children of all abilities, including inclusive swings as they plan to tailor it to those with different physical or cognitive abilities.

Jody Baker, Director of Parks and Recreation in Sapulpa, says there are spaces with benches for kids who may take extra time to warm up to playing while including quiet spots for those who want to play without loud noises.

Baker says the playground will also have a Sona arch which is a camera-based gaming system the kids can enjoy.

The playground will also have large slides and a rocking fire truck.

The new additions come thanks to a $40 million bond issue passed in 2020.

The city is also building onto the youth sports complex to add additional fields, and adding a new bathroom and playground and McGoy Park.