As Sumer comes to an end, the breezy Fall weather brings more opportunities to enjoy outside activities. Tulsa is full of beautiful parks – almost every zip code seems to have a wonderful outdoor setting that includes picnic areas, dog parks, running trails, small ponds and playgrounds. You may even catch a glimpse of wildlife like rabbits, frogs and fireflies! Find a park close to your zip code and enjoy!
Located just north of the Arkansas River Bridge on Memorial in Bixby, this 32.5 acre wonderfully wooded park has a walking trail, picnic tables, the Laci Dawn Hill Butterfly Garden, memorials to the children of the Murrah Building Bombing, and to the World Trade Center Terrorist Act. This park also has an amphitheater and a restroom facility with a covered patio. The beautiful layout of this park is perfect for events and festivals. The BBQ ‘n Music Festival is held here each year!
Walking trails…beautiful old trees…playgrounds and picnic areas! Haikey Public Park is perfect for families in the Broken Arrow area. This small but mighty park also offers softball fields, tennis courts, disc golf and public restrooms. This is also a birdy-watcher favorite! http://ow.ly/KtWs30eLc0G
Veterans Park was the official project for Jenks’ 2005 Centennial Celebration. Located east of Elm Street at Date Street, the park contains a children’s playground, picnic pavilions, restrooms, casting pond w/handicap accessible fishing docks and tree plantings. This park is ideal for family and community events!
Along with its impressive lineup of activities for people of all ages, Guthrie Green’s beautiful land is in the heart of the Brady District in downtown Tulsa. All festivals, parties and classes are free and open to the public. Designed with art in mind, this extraordinary space has a stage that was custom built for traveling concerts and performances. This park is also a showcase of “green” technology. All lighting on the site is LED, which reduces the need for electricity usage. Water runoff on the site is diverted to bio-swales – this helps irrigate the landscape and clean the water before it enters the storm gutters. Solar panels on the roof of The Dock also contribute to the energy-saving power that runs through the park.
As for activities, there are just too many to list! Check out this link to access the Guthrie Green calendar in the title link!
River West Park prides itself on offering various kinds of festivals and activities for every season. With the exception of a few, many festivals held here are free and open to the public. Competitive running, walking and cycling events occur throughout River Parks. Check to see if the competitive events have an entry fee before attending. The Reynolds Floating Stage and Amphitheater is located here and offers an incredible view of the downtown Tulsa skyline. Concerts and major fall festivals are held annually at this park, including the OKScotFest and Tulsa’s nationally-known OktoberFest.
This park is a 45-acre public park, botanical garden, and arboretum located between 21st Street and 24th Street east of South Peoria Avenue. Established in 1929, the park was designed to provide its visitors’ experience with a variety of horticultural features. Specialty gardens include those featuring spring flowers, tropical plants and cacti, the Tulsa Rose Garden, the Tulsa Garden Center, and the Tulsa Arboretum. The park is particularly known for its azaleas, tulips, irises, dogwoods, and redbuds. The Rose Garden showcases over 9,000 roses of over 250 varieties.
We can’t wait for this park to be completed! A project of the George Kaiser Family Foundation, A Gathering Place for Tulsa will have the best of both worlds… nature with an urban setting! This 100-acre site will provide Tulsans and visitors more space to play, relax and gather together along the river. Special features include a lodge, boathouse, nature walks, two land bridges connecting the two sides of river parks, sporting areas and a pond.
Get ready Tulsa for a five-acre Adventure Playground, a water labyrinth and fog zone called Mist Mountain, a variety of bike and skate parks, natural trails, and large lawns for outdoor concerts! You are guaranteed to find something for the whole family!
Established in 1910, Owen Park is located in one of Tulsa’s oldest historic downtown neighborhoods and is the city’s first park! This revitalized area has an active neighborhood association and community. Along with its beautiful attributes, the park is conveniently located about three to five minutes from the BOK Center, Brady Arts District & Blue Dome District.
Not too far from Owen Park, the Joe Station Dog Park is Tulsa’s first official off-leash dog park. The park features restrooms, water, dog pools, shaded seating areas, segregated areas for large and small dogs and night lights. For safety, children younger than 12 are not allowed in the park. It is open Apr.-Dec., 5 a.m. – 11 p.m. and is closed Mondays till 9am for maintenance.
This beautiful park located in South Tulsa features a dog park called Biscuit Acres, small ponds, and trails for walking & biking. Biscuit Acres has separate spaces for large and small dogs, and is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays for maintenance. Located along the bike trail, this park is perfect for a rest stop during long biking trips. Picnic areas, a playground and restrooms are provided by this park. Great for family and small community gatherings!
Tulsa is full of great parks (141 of them to be exact) and our list is just the tip of the iceberg! Search parks and event areas in your zip code and see what’s nearby! Most of these parks are just a bike ride away!