Find Yourself at River Parks
River Parks is a popular “get away” in every season, offering something for everyone. Children romp on playgrounds while adults enjoy a brown bag lunch and book, as seniors stroll with the family pet. Bird lovers focus their binoculars on magnificent Bald eagles, delicate Least Terns, pelicans, herons, and songbirds. The riverbank ecosystem teems with fox, beaver, raccoons, and similar wildlife, while nearby, walkers, runners, and cyclists exercise and socialize along the heavily-used recreational trail that touches the edge of Tulsa’s revitalized downtown and winds past neighborhoods representing a diversity of cultures and incomes, with connections to Sand Springs, Jenks, Broken Arrow and Bixby.
The park’s varied landscape ranges from manicured lawns to the rugged terrain of the Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness. River Parks offers dual trails for pedestrians and cyclists, plus seasonal enjoyment of fishing, rowing, kayaking, disc golf, the Blue Rose restaurant, and an outdoor cafe, Elwood’s. The 45 miles of dirt trails on Turkey Mountain are perfect for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. With wildlife, abundant trees, and changing water levels, the park offers the flavor of “the great outdoors” in the heart of the city. By City ordinance, River Parks observes a curfew from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. unless otherwise posted.
River Parks’ annual schedule of concerts, festivals, runs, and more offer a variety of family-oriented leisure and fitness activities. Several notable events that are held at River Parks include the Tulsa Oktoberfest, ONEOK FreedomFest (Tulsa’s July 4th celebration), ScotFest, and Tulsa Tough. Park facilities are also available for private activities such as company parties.