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Work Begins on Major Public-Private Renovation of Sand Springs Park

City of Sand Springs

Local leaders in Sand Springs broke ground Tuesday on an overhaul of one of their oldest parks.

River City Park is getting a $6.3 million dollar makeover. Jeff Edwards in Sand Springs' parks department says $4.3 million came from Vision 2025, and $2 million came from philanthropist Mike Case.

"Which, you know, launched the project into a new level," Edwards said. "There's a lot of things we wouldn't have been able to achieve without that donation."

Plans include new baseball fields, a tournament soccer field, playgrounds and a large green space.

"About a 2 acre great lawn area for special events, with an outdoor stage/shelter area for outdoor concerts and special events and Fourth of July fireworks shows, stuff like that," Edwards said.

The park will get several repairs, paved parking lots and signage, too.

The work is expected to take about a year. Case made the donation last April, and the park will be renamed Case Community Park.

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.