PRESERVING THE PAST AND SHAPING THE FUTURE - Turkey Mountain Master Plan
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 community-driven Turkey Mountain Master Plan has been completed 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 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
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 HERE. 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.
YOU HELPED 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 was essential to crafting a plan for this well-loved public space. Over 4000 public comments and 3 public meetings provided the community input that formed the basis for the Master Plan. Through the eyes of regular park users, a better understanding was 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.