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Turkey Mountain Master Plan Released

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The new Turkey Mountain master plan is made public. Under the plan released last night, the wilderness park will be greatly expanded.

The proposal calls for the park to be expanded east across the Arkansas River to Johnson Park at 61st and Riverside Drive. It also called for an expansion west of Highway 75 to what is now Bales Park.

“For the past eight months, we’ve gathered input from residents, park-goers and experts in the industry to create a blueprint for the future of Turkey Mountain, a place we know Tulsans love and value,” said River Parks Executive Director Matt Meyer. “The feedback we’ve received from the community was an integral part of this process and we thank everyone who took the time to complete our online survey and join our public input meetings. At the core of our efforts, we want to keep Turkey Mountain wild and expand its accessibility and opportunities, and we couldn’t do that without the public’s help.”

 

Recommendations in the draft Master Plan include solutions to current trail erosion and poor drainage, as well as wetland restoration and burn management strategies to restore the Urban Wilderness to its original landscape. Programming ideas include creating natural spaces for large gatherings, fishing, updated mountain biking trails, stream restoration and more.

You may read the plan here.