Gathering Place Sneak Peak: Sports Courts

Tuesday, August 28th 2018, 3:45 pm
By: News On 6

We're less than two weeks away from the grand opening of Tulsa's new Gathering Place. 

News On 6 got a sneak peek of the park's brand new Sports Courts.

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There are five Sports Courts at Gathering Place and they are not just for one sport. You can move equipment around and play street hockey, street soccer, volleyball, and basketball.

From the adventure playground to the Reading Tree, Gathering Place leaders say the park was built to reflect the unique culture of Tulsa.

"The hope is that different kids, from different interests, can come here," said Gathering Place Executive Director Tony Moore. 

They say the brand new Sports Courts are an extension of that mission. 

"We certainly want to show Tulsa that they have a world-class sports facility that is free of charge, that they can come out and have games and we are also going to be doing a lot of tournaments as well," Moore said. 

Groups can come out and play street hockey, street soccer, basketball or volleyball and Moore says the park will even host some tournaments.

"There is a building with restrooms to my far right that will have basketballs and nets and different sports equipment for them to play so just bring a pair of shoes, come on out and we can find a sport for ya," Moore said. 

The courts are also well lit, so the games don't have to stop just because the sun is going down. 

"There is a challenge from a physical point of view in getting kids out playing sports and not on the couch all the time with electronic devices," said Moore. "We are going to have a series of basketball games ranging from wheelchair basketball to high school basketball to pick up basketball."

“The awesome slides and swings and all of these basketball courts and soccer fields, it is nothing like we have ever seen in Tulsa before," said Gathering Place Park Ambassador Lee Mayberry.

For the most part, the courts will be on a first come first serve basis, but if the attendance is really high there is a chance the park might set limits on the amount of time each group can play.