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Guthrie Green Named Among America's Great Places

Guthrie Green

Tulsa is home to one of the American Planning Association’s Great Places in America for 2016.

Guthrie Green made the list of APA's Great Public Spaces. APA President Carol Rhea said they were impressed by how Guthrie Green reclaimed a large industrial site in need of environmental remediation.

"It took not only an unused space, but one that was dragging the neighborhood down, and turned it into one that has attracted thousands of people to the neighborhood and is, in that way, helping to economically empower and raise the entire area," Rhea said.

Guthrie Green's Meg Webb said the variety of free programming is a big factor in the space's success.

"We have a ton of free fitness classes, which basically go on every day of the week. We have concert series. We have free movie nights," Webb said. "There's a ton of festivals on a regular basis, so there's really just kind of something for everyone."

The City of Tulsa's Planning and Development Department nominated Guthrie Green for the award.

"Previous winners have been Millennium Park in Chicago, so, you know, that's a big deal. We're proud to be listed among spaces like that," Webb said.

Work on Guthrie Green began in 2009, and it opened in September 2012.

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.