Tulsa County Communities Make Big Plans For Vision2 Funds

Thursday, October 4th 2012, 11:07 pm
By: News On 6

There are only 33 days left until voters decide on Vision2.

The sales tax extension would put hundreds of million dollars in the hands of cities and towns in Tulsa County.

Per the sales tax plan, $100 million dollars have been allocated to be distributed between nine communities around Tulsa.

Some of those cities have officially decided on how to use the money, but a few are still waiting to make a decision.

It's an empty hayfield now, but the plot of land at 161st Street and Elwood could be the home of Tulsa County's next sports complex.

9/23/2012 Related Story: Jenks Officials Excited About Economic Opportunity Vision2 Could Provide

The city of Glenpool wants to build a unique park at the site.

It would have six baseball fields, each one designed after a major league ballpark, batting cages, a stadium club restaurant, and a place to play volleyball.

"We want to make sure we can bring a place where they can go have fun, enjoy a night, and keep it here in Glenpool," said Assistant City Manager David Tillotson.

A portion of the $18-million project would come from Vision2.

Glenpool is set to receive nearly $6 million from the sales tax extension.

There are nine communities in Tulsa County that would get Vision2 money.

Owasso was the only city we were unable to get in touch with.

Collinsville is going to rehab its American Legion building and build a veteran's memorial.

Read Collinsville's resolution for Vision2.

Broken Arrow wants to improve its city streets and buy new fire and police vehicles.

Read more about Broken Arrow's plans for Vision2.

Bixby's goal is to build a bridge over the Arkansas River and Jenks wants to continue to develop along the river.

Sand Springs also wants develop along the river and build a new hazardous waste facility.

Read the Sand Springs resolution for Vision2.

Skiatook plans to improve its sports park and centralize its public works.

Sperry is still undecided but hopes to have a list by election day.

Glenpool city officials say the project planned for there would bring in as many as 300,000 people a year and pump upwards of $40 million into the local economy.

"They're going to need hotel space, they're going to need places to eat, they're going to want things to do when they're not playing over the weekend," Tillotson said.

Tillotson said the sports complex is what Vision2 is all about local projects with a wide economic impact.