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Tulsa Parks Department Submits List of Potential Surplus Parks

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The City of Tulsa’s parks department presented the parks board a list of 11 parks Tuesday that could be sold.

Parks Director Lucy Dolman said they’re not going up for sale any time soon, however.

"This is a citywide effort with all types of departments that sit in and say, 'Well, the park department may not need this, but storm water management really needs this,' or something like that," Dolman said. "So, I mean, we're just vetting it from all areas to see is this a viable sale or not?"

Hawthorne, Lantz and Mitchell parks are on the list. So are several smaller pieces of land that don’t have playgrounds or other amenities.

The parks department is spending money to maintain all of them, though.

"On vacant lots, we're mowing, and that upkeep, like trash pickup and those kinds of things," Dolman said. "Some of the sites, they have old playground equipment that we're always repairing or graffiti we're removing."

Larger parks could potentially be operated by private groups if they’re declared surplus by the city council and sold.

All city departments have been looking for surplus assets since last year. City council has declared only two parks surplus thus far.