Our condolences to family, friends and the QuikTrip corporate family on the passing of QT co-founder Chester Cadieux.
River Parks was privileged to have Chester serve on our Board of Trustees for 14½ years, bringing with him a wealth of wisdom and enthusiasm to make Tulsa’s riverfront the best it could be. A fund honoring Chester’s River Parks and community legacy has been set up at Tulsa Community Foundation. If you want to donate or find out more about this fund, please click here.
You can also find out more about Chester Cadieux here.
River Parks is excited to be working with Tulsa’s largest and Happiest 5k, The Color Run™! The Color Run is a unique experience focused less on speed and more on crazy color fun with friends and family. Color runners come from all different ages, shapes, sizes, and speeds; but everyone toeing the start line has a blast.
Ever wonder how The Happiest 5k on the Planet is achieved city after city? We’ll share our secret with you – it’s our amazing volunteers! We couldn’t do it without ’em. Whether it’s handing out water, assisting with check-in, revving up the crowd at the finish festival, tossing color or cleaning up confetti, our volunteers are indispensable. Become the newest member of The Color Run™ family by signing up to volunteer in one of our many cities. You’ll forever be a hero!
To find out about joining with other River Parks fans and helping with this great event, go to the online registration page.
River Parks is among the finalists for The Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits eighth annual Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence (ONE) Awards. The event, which takes place April 25, 2015, at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, honors outstanding nonprofits throughout the state for their work to improve their respective communities and change lives.
“The finalists are recognized, not merely for their efforts to better their community, but for their quality of process toward that effort,” said David Hogan, Chairman of the ONE Awards Selection Commission. “These are nonprofits with not just big hearts, but great methods as well.”
The ONE Awards were established in 2008 to draw attention to those nonprofit organizations that employ the tenets of excellence in their operations every day. Since its inception, the program has granted more than one million dollars to exceptional Oklahoma Nonprofits. The finalist organizations will each receive a minimum of $5,000.
For complete details, read the full press release.
Many thanks to Williams for supporting River Parks’ presentation of holiday lights located at the 41st Street Plaza at 41st & Riverside Drive. The River Lights events which took place Saturday, December 5th was an enjoyable afternoon in the park featuring complimentary picnic fare, live music by Team Galaxy and a visit from Santa and a few talented elves.
Tulsans on Saturday got to do something they had never done before – play on their city’s front lawn. The Blair Mansion property on Riverside Drive — long a privately owned Tulsa jewel — officially opened to the public for a four-hour groundbreaking celebration of the park that will be built there.
Read More at TulsaWorld.com
Oktoberfest has a new title sponsor.
The festival will be called Linde Oktoberfest Tulsa, in recognition of a new five-year title sponsorship agreement with Linde Process Plants.
The announcement was made during a press conference Thursday afternoon at River Parks’ 41st Street QuikTrip Plaza, which was packed with families, cyclists and joggers.
Read More on TulsaWorld.com
Tie up those running shoes! Adjust that derailleur! Get the kids ready! IT’S ALMOST SPRING!
If you’re like us, you have had just about enough of wintertime. Cabin fever has came and went; we’re talking about full-on hibernation-mode here! So to get yourself back into outdoor-ready condition, we’d like to share a few pointers with you:
- Start getting in shape now (if you haven’t already): No matter what sport you favor at River Parks, your body needs to be in good condition. Get a head start by doing a workout routine in the morning. Eat a healthy diet. Use that gym membership you picked up January 1. Search YouTube for some quick daily workouts. There are a number of ways to get ahead on fitness.
- Check your gear: Those running shoes from last year? They might be on their last leg. Most running shoes are only good for 300-500 miles, so there is a good chance that you might be in the market for a new pair of shoes. Shop local for the best advice on where to buy your next pair. Now is the best time to take your bike in for service – a mechanic at Tom’s Bicycles informed me that their busy season starts in just a few weeks.
- Check our calendar: Start the year out right! River Parks has a wide variety of events for you to enjoy; music, 5k’s, cycling events…they all happen here, and some are very reasonably priced. The Color Run (April 26) and the Full Moon Run (May 17) are two big events that are both fun AND benefit your local River Parks.
- Get friends involved: It is truly inspiring to share goals, and what better goal is there than to enjoy the great outdoors? For many, the weekly events at River Parks are great opportunities to share experiences. Two of the largest are the Wednesday Night Ride (a loosely-organized group ride that leaves from River West Festival Park around 4:30PM) and Turkey Tuesdays (a 3-5 mile run at Turkey MTN that caters to beginners and fast folks alike). Bring your friends!
That should be enough to get you started! Feel free to contribute more pointers on our Facebook page. We’ll see you out on the trails!
For those of you counting, 2014 marks River Parks’ 40th year of providing events, activities, and park facilities to the public! The River Parks Authority, created by the City of Tulsa and Tulsa County in April of 1974, soon began transforming the riverfront with over $2 million in federal urban renewal funds. The agency’s first project was the conversion of a former railroad bridge at 29th and Riverside into the Pedestrian Bridge, linking the east and west banks of the river. Next came construction of the early phases of the park’s asphalt-surfaced recreation trail with related amenities. To encourage support and use of the new park facilities, public events, such as fireworks and festivals, were introduced to draw people to River Parks to see its potential. Learn more about the events surrounding the creation of River Parks here »
We would like to thank our park visitors, generous public and private donors, and those men and women 40 years ago who saw the value and beauty inherent in Tulsa’s Arkansas River.
River Parks would like to thank Leslie Paris for her excellent service as a member of the River Parks Board from 2011-2013. Leslie was instrumental in attaining funding for River Parks projects and events, including the 71st St BOK Fountain, Wild Turkey, and the Full Moon Run.
Pictured is Don Walker presenting Ms. Paris with an honorary plaque. Thank you, Leslie!