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The first phase of construction covers 66.5 acres and will be completed in 2017.
into the 40,000-square-foot underground maintenance facility, according to Eric Lopp, senior project manager at Crossland Construction, which is handling the steel and concrete construction for the
project. "The maintenance facility is underground because we did
not want it to be an eyesore and take away from the park," Lopp says.
"With its connection to the bridges, they will provide areas where
Tulsans can walk within the park out to the river's edge."
Park amenities, which also are being built in the first phase of the
project, include an adventure playground, boathouse, pond, lodge
and two lawns that jut out into the river.
"The boathouse will be three stories and will have a large pavilion
for a full-service restaurant on the top floor with an outdoor patio,"
Lopp says. "It will also have an art display for local artists to display
their art, an outdoor patio, and a space to rent equipment at the
basement level where people will be able to rent kayaks, canoes and
paddleboats to go around the pond."
The park itself will also have water features such as Mist Mountain, which will be comprised of a 1,200-square-foot stone structure.
"It will have pathways, leaping fish, water fountains and jumping
jets," explains Lopp.
The lodge will house ice cream, candy and coffee shops, as well as
a grab-and-go restaurant with a large terrace for eating. In addition,
the park will have a large performance space to host movies or concerts, as well as a BMX punk track, according to Stava. "It will have
intermediate and advanced areas in the track for kids. A Gathering
space in the history of the United States. So it's a pretty big and very
monumental gift to the community."
The construction of the 66.5-acre first phase - which started in
September and is scheduled to be completed by late 2017 - will run
from 27th to 31st streets on the east side of Riverside Drive, a major
road that runs through the city, and from 27th Street to 34th Street
on the west side.
The areas will be connected by two land bridges, which also tie
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