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2016 Will Be a Big Year for A Gathering Place for Tulsa

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One full calendar year down, about two to go until the opening of A Gathering Place for Tulsa.

Director Jeff Stava said 2016 will be a busy year behind the construction fences.

"A lot of things will start to take shape," Stava said. "It'll just further enhance and focus, kind of, the different features. You'll start to really see that on the site."

In 2016, features and buildings that are currently in the early stages should have finished exteriors. There will also be two tree planting cycles and most work to sculpt the park's topography should be finished.

"The 52 foot hill that's behind the boathouse and adjacent to the QuikTrip Great Lawn and Peggy's Pond, that will all start to take shape," Stava said.

The project website is hosting web cameras that will let you take a peek.

"You can also configure it to look on any previous day, so you can start to see, kind of, the changes on the site," Stava said. "You can also set it up to look at it in time lapse mode, so you can see it from the very beginning ... to the day you're looking at it."

Workers recently put in support structures for land bridges that will go over Riverside Drive.

The first phase of the 66.5 acre park should be done in late 2017. It's expected to cost up to $300 million, and donors have pitched in around $140 million so far.

Matt Trotter joined KWGS as a reporter in 2013. Before coming to Public Radio Tulsa, he was the investigative producer at KJRH. His freelance work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times and on MSNBC and CNN.