Tulsa’s River Parks are becoming increasingly popular as the biking and walking trails have been expanded, restaurants are moving in and various attractions are available along the trail.
It’s not surprising that many Tulsa home buyers want to LIVE by the River.
So, if you would like to live close to the Tulsa River Parks, shop here! I’m happy to show you around – I only live a half block away!
Tulsa’s River Parks along the Arkansas River are visited daily by many joggers and cyclists. On weekends, families come to picnic and bring children to play on the playground equipment. Tulsans come to the River to walk their dogs.
Tulsa River Parks includes 26 miles of surfaced trails for jogging and cycling – weaving through picnic areas, playgrounds, sculptures and fountains – along the banks of the Arkansas River.
Landscaping varies from neatly manicured areas to the rugged terrain of the Turkey Mountain wilderness. In addition to providing areas for jogging, walking and cycling, many fish, row or kayak on the river. Others enjoy the natural wildlife of fox, beavers and racoons, while other enjoy bird-watching Bald eagles, pelicans, herons and songbirds.
River Parks Mission
To maintain, preserve, develop, and promote the Arkansas River and adjacent land areas under the Authority’s jurisdiction within Tulsa County for the economic and cultural benefit of the community.
River Parks Vision
To be the region’s premier park, recreation, and entertainment destination.
Of course the new attraction to the river is The Gathering Place opening in the spring or summer of 2018. It will include land bridges connecting the west and east sides of the river; a lodge, boathouse, pond, skating parks, nature trails and a large lawn for concerts. It is estimated that the park will attract one million visitors annually.
Opened in 2011 is the Blue Rose Cafe on the River and a 2nd outdoor eating establishment, Elwoods.
Throughout the year you’ll find outdoor events on the River, including concerts, festivals, fireworks and running and cycling competitions.
The 41st Street Plaza is a great place to hang out with several interactive water features, playground, picnic areas, and covered pavilion.
Scattered throughout the River Parks are a collection of fourteen bronze wildlife sculptures, all gifts fom NatureWorks, Inc., a local organization that promotes wildlife conservation and education projects in our area.
Most events are located on the west side of the River, including the annual Scottish festival and popular Oktobertfest. Also accessible from the west bank is the Reynolds Floating Stage and Amphitheater where concerts are enjoyed.
And of course, we enjoy the annual July 4th festivities with the magical display launched from the 21st Street bridge and various activities throughout the day.
Also along the River is The Spotlight Theatre where the performance of “The Drunkard” can be seen each Saturday night throughout the year.
Visit the Tulsa River Parks web site for updated calendar of events and trail conditions updates.