Guthrie Green Is Ready for Tulsa

Sep 7, 2012

It is called the Guthrie Green, and it is Tulsa’s newest gift from the Kaiser Foundation.

The new park will be dedicated this afternoon at 111 East Brady in the Brady Arts District.

The Kaiser Foundation purchased the former Central Freight parking lot and invested $8 million to convert it into an urban green space and Brady Arts District town square.

The park was designed by SWA Group of Sausalito, California. It features a pavilion, water feature, café and performance space for theatre, music, dance and  festivals.

Features of the include:

  • Gardens with native plants and trees, brick and concrete paved paths, and a large lawn
  • Large interactive jet fountain and three smaller water features
  • An 11,000 square-foot covered pavilion
  • Equipped stage and canopy
  • Trellis and green rooms
  • Green features including bioswales, LED lighting and photovoltaic cells on the pavilion

Tulsa Performing Arts Center Trust recently received the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town Grant, which is awarded to 80 grantees nationwide. The group will receive $50,000 to use in programming efforts for the new park in the Brady Arts District, the Guthrie Green. Chair, Ken Busby is thrilled:

Ken Busby: “This joint venture between the George Kaiser Family Foundation and the Tulsa Performing Arts Center Trust really increases opportunities for artists and arts organizations from throughout the Greater Tulsa community. With the park as a fantastic venue for all kinds of performing arts, combined with all the current and future art happenings in the Brady Arts District, the opportunity to create a true destination for both locals and visitors is at hand. The trust couldn’t be more pleased to play this new role in the further development of the arts.”

Tulsa Symphony will present Symphony in the Park as the headline event of the opening ceremonies of the new park in the Brady District, the Guthrie Green, on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012. The performance is free to the public and includes a pre-concert by the Tulsa Youth Symphony and a one-hour Tulsa Symphony concert followed by a fireworks display.

The Tulsa Youth Symphony will perform a half-hour concert under the direction of Ron Wheeler and Rick Wagner. A one-hour break will allow guests to enjoy the amenities of the new park and patronize the Brady District’s many restaurants before the Tulsa Symphony concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Under the direction of Tulsa favorite, Ron Spigelman, the concert will include a diverse collection of music with the finale of the evening being a performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture to a fireworks display