The celebration is almost upon us. It's been a long time coming, but Gathering Place is opening its doors to the public for the first time Saturday morning, September 8.
We put together a list of answers to frequently asked questions as you prepare to be part of history on opening day.
How do I get there?
There are three free shuttles available for the grand opening weekend, and park officials recommend making use of them opening weekend. Hop a shuttle at OSU-Tulsa, the Fair Meadows at Tulsa State Fairgrounds and River Spirit Casino. The shuttles start running at 6 a.m. Saturday and will be available through 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Of course, you can walk or bicycle there - be sure to enter from the north side of the park. If you bicycle, bring a lock - there are bike racks located around the park, but you can't ride into the park itself.
Can I bring food?
Yes, you can bring outside food if you like. There are also several restaurants and vendors you'll probably want to enjoy. Don't bring any glass bottles - they're not allowed.
What about Fido?
Pets are not allowed in any part of the park. You can still walk your pet on the River Parks trails around the park. There will be special events scheduled after the grand opening where pets will be allowed in some spots.
Can I smoke/vape?
Nope. There is no smoking or vaping allowed at Gathering Place.
Can I bring in chairs?
Yes, lawn chairs are allowed. You're welcome to bring them for the opening night concert featuring the Roots. Many other groups are scheduled over the first 100 days of celebration.
What is there to do?
The playgrounds for kids have gotten a lot of attention, but there are many other activities. On Peggy's Pond, you can rent paddle boats, canoes or kayaks. There are sports courts for basketball, volleyball, street hockey and street soccer. Thrill seekers will enjoy the Skate Bowl and BMX tracks.