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Sale of Mitchell Park to Bishop Kelley Proposed in 2015 Could Still Go Forward

City of Tulsa

A deal proposed in 2015 for the City of Tulsa to sell Mitchell Park to Bishop Kelley High School may be back on.

The holdup was a National Park Service grant for between $13,000 and $18,000 the city received for improvements there.

"And those small amount of funds essentially required that, that park now cannot be sold directly but can be converted into another park," said City of Tulsa Real Estate Manager Michelle Lester.

The city is looking at a 25-acre tract off 61st Street east of U.S. 75. The process of swapping one park for the other included an appraisal following federal procedures.

"It established a value for Mitchell Park of $703,000. Bishop Kelley was still interested in purchasing it for this price, and this price is essentially the full market price for the property," Lester said.

Bishop Kelley is interested in building a tennis facility at Mitchell Park, which it sold to the city in 1963. Mitchell Park is across 36th Place from the high school's football stadium.

Tulsa's park board on Tuesday reaffirmed the park’s status as surplus city property, one step toward closing the deal.

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.
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