PRESERVING THE PAST AND SHAPING THE FUTURE

Rising above the west bank of the Arkansas River, River Parks’ Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness is an untamed oasis in the heart of the city. Encompassing over 600 rugged acres, the park’s thick canopy of native trees watch over winding trails, serene ponds and ancient boulders. Secured to remain a public park in perpetuity, the Wilderness is a one-of-a-kind regional destination that continues to grow in popularity.

A draft has been completed for a community-driven Turkey Mountain Master Plan that will address the park’s management, preservation, and programming. River Parks Authority has overseen the planning process, with Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates providing professional guidance to establish a vision, assuring the Wilderness will offer the best in outdoor recreation for current and future generations.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE RECENTLY RELEASED DRAFT MASTER PLAN BY WATCHING OR READING THE FOLLOWING NEW LINKS.

Tulsa World Article   KTUL News Piece     Channel 6 (KOTV) News Piece 

Channel 2 (KJRH) News Piece    Fox 23 News Piece

AFTER WATCHING, YOU CAN TAKE A CLOSER LOOK BY DOWNLOADING THE PRESENTATION THAT WAS SHOWN AT THE NOVEMBER 14TH MEETING.

Download the November 14, 2019 Presentation outlining the key aspects of the presentation. Please note that this presentation is based on several public meetings and over 4,000 public input comments. It truly is a plan created by the citizens of Tulsa for their vision of what Turkey could look like in the future. As of right now, there is no funding to pursue the implementation of any aspect of this plan. Download the presentation here.


HELP US SHAPE THE TURKEY MOUNTAIN EXPERIENCE

No group is better equipped to share insights, practical experiences and passion for the Wilderness than the park users who have championed Turkey Mountain over decades. Community input is essential to crafting a plan for this well-loved public space. Through the eyes of regular park users, a better understanding will be gained of:

  • How the Wilderness is used now and how areas of expansion might be used
  • How the landscape and park features contribute to the Wilderness experience
  • How visitors are presently navigating the area and interacting with nature

Identifying the unique and valued aspects of the Wilderness experience will inform an array of best practices for specific elements of the Master Plan.

MANAGEMENT
A thoughtful management plan will enhance the park experience, with a focus on ecology, public safety and the preservation of the park’s unique features and character.

PRESERVATION
The diverse ecosystem of the Wilderness is not in its optimal state. Preservation efforts with attention toward environment restoration and rehabilitation will protect Turkey Mountain within its urban setting.

PROGRAMMING
Ensuring a great experience for visitors to Turkey Mountain will build on the foundation of current features and activities, while exploring further enhancements in balance with preserving the park’s natural attributes and beauty.