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Experience a Small Piece of A Gathering Place for Tulsa Now

Matt Trotter

A sneak peek of A Gathering Place for Tulsa is now up at 41st Street and Riverside.

A round, blue and orange basket swing is mounted between rustic wood poles just north of the 41st Street Plaza. It hangs low over a pile of fresh mulch. Gathering Place Director Jeff Stava said it’s designed that way.

"A wheelchair-bound kid can roll up and move themselves into the swing and have an equal play experience as a kid who is not wheelchair-bound," Stava said. "And that's what this park's about, is creating equal play opportunity for all kids."

Similar swings from German firm Richter Spielgeräte will be in the Gathering Place when it opens. Stava said the five-acre Chapman Playground is an ambitious endeavor.

"It's Richter's largest playground installation in the world," Stava said. "And that's not just for them, but Monstrum is also the supplier for our birth to 7- or 8-year-old playground equipment — it's their largest playground installation in the world."

The swing accommodates more than one child at a time. It will be at 41st Street Plaza until the park opens next year.