Current Park Updates & Future Improvements

Current Park Updates

The parking lot at 31st & Riverside Drive as well as the City’s Midland Valley Trail from 26th Street to the east bank River Parks trail will be closed beginning on October 13th to allow for construction of Tulsa’s Gathering Place. There is extensive underground utility work and tree work that will be done in the area and due to safety reasons, public access needs to be restricted. There will be temporary inconveniences before the long-term benefits are realized.

A section of the east bank trail just north of I-44 is temporarily closed to allow for installation of a gas utility line.

The trail improvement project from 71st through Helmerich Park to Joe Creek along Riverside Drive has been under City of Tulsa contract with Magnum Construction. Once completed, this section of trail will be handed over to the Authority for maintenance and upkeep.

The west bank trail at the River West Festival Park, 2100 South Jackson, will be closed during Linde Oktoberfest Tulsa, from October 15th – October 19th.

The West Bank Trail from the Sports Complex (soccer fields) to Cherry Creek will have intermittent closures until Summer 2015.

Stay in tune with park updates as they happen on River Parks Authority Facebook and Twitter pages.

Future Improvements

Thanks to private and public donations, River Parks is moving forward on several key improvement projects.

The renovation of the east and west bank River Parks trails between 11th and 71st Streets is continuing. In 2012, the one incomplete section of east bank trail, from I-44 to 58th, was renovated in conjunction with an upcoming City of Tulsa sanitation project, as well as the widening of I-44, an Oklahoma Department of Transportation project. With the I-44 project, River Parks actually gained some land when a portion of Riverside Drive was realigned.

A major renovation of the River West Festival Park at 2100 South Jackson, as well as a trail improvement project from Southwest Boulevard to the Festival Park, is expected to be underway this winter.