An update on the situation regarding Turkey Mountain and the proposed Tulsa Harbour amusement park:
As many of you know, there was a proposal being floated by a Tulsa developer to build an amusement park and a race car museum at the south end of Turkey Mountain. The proposal would wipe out at least one of the three main hiking/biking trails, cut into portions of the lower trails and likely break up the bike trail that connects Turkey Mountain to the rest of the River Parks bike trail system.
As you might expect, many people in the outdoor, running and biking communities were not happy about this. They showed up in significant numbers at a recent town hall meeting to express their opposition. An online petition has been circulated to stop the plan.
Officials at the meeting, including the River Parks board and the city councilor who represents that area of the city, have come out against Tulsa Harbour as it has been proposed.
I went a step further and sent an email to my city councilor, Blake Ewing. I told him my concerns, and he promptly sent me a response. Here’s what he said:
“I agree with you completely. My impression is that all of the elected people at City Hall do as well. I can’t imagine that there’s any chance of this thing happening. Thanks for the e-mail and for caring about our great city. You can count on me to work to keep it that way.”
It was good to hear this, and I think supporters of preserving Turkey Mountain as an urban wilderness can be heartened by what Mr. Ewing has said here.
It should be noted that the developer seems very motivated to build the amusement park, and that politics being what they are, things can always change. Proposals can be offered, compromises made, and deals pushed through. So if you’re not keen on someone plopping an amusement park on Turkey Mountain, keep watch on this issue.
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