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Park News and Announcements

APRIL 16, 2021: Residents Encouraged to Take Additional Online Survey Focusing on Outdoor Sports Courts Improvements

Tulsa Parks is looking for more community input – this time to help determine how to prioritize funds to improve parks sports courts. The City’s parks department has put up signs at all sports courts – tennis, basketball, pickleball, etc. -- with a QR code. Park users can simply hold up their phone camera to the sign to launch a quick survey, in English or Spanish, and give their input on if they want the court refurbished for its current use, converted to another use, or removed and replaced with other amenities.


"We want the community to tell us what is most important to them," said Anna America, Chief of Culture and Recreation and Parks Director. "It doesn't make sense to invest in refurbishing a tennis court that won't be used. We want to know if the neighborhood prefers a pickleball court or a basketball hoop. Or maybe they really would like a dilapidated court removed, and something else like a walking trail or picnic area be put in instead."

The City park system has 167 courts across its 133 parks, and that includes all tennis courts, pickleball courts, full basketball courts and half basketball courts. Voters approved $4.8 million to go toward sports court refurbishment, repurposing or replacement in the Improve Our Tulsa renewal capital improvement package.

The survey can also be accessed at www.cityoftulsa.org/letstalktulsaparks.


APRIL 13, 2021: Tulsa Parks Hiring for Summer Positions

Are you looking for an opportunity to get paid for having some fun in the sun? Tulsa Parks is hiring several summer positions, including lifeguards, pool management and staff, and summer day camp counselors. 

See job descriptions for details on hours, pay and qualification requirements. For questions about these positions, please email our aquatic program coordinator, Nick Pond, at npond@cityoftulsa.org.


MARCH 4, 2021: Residents Encouraged to Take Online Survey for Parks & Recreation Master Plan

The City of Tulsa is developing a plan to see where our parks can grow, how our programs can expand, and ways to better serve our community. Community input is an important part of this process and your feedback will be used to help guide decisions.

A random sampling of residents has been invited to take a mailed survey, and these responses will provide statistically valid results. In addition, the City of Tulsa invites all residents to provide feedback and input through an open-link survey they will go live on Thursday, March 4, at www.tulsaparksurvey.org/open and will close March 31.

The results of this survey will create a priority blueprint for where we can improve, how to grow responsibly, and what programs and recreational opportunities our community needs. Questions will be asked about what types of improvements residents want at their parks and recreation system and where priorities should be placed.

This project is led by GreenPlay, LLC, with survey and data analysis done by RRC Associates. A total of 40,000 households in the City of Tulsa have received a mailed postcard and survey the week of February 8, 2021, and responses from these residents will comprise the statistically valid sample. The open-link survey will give all residents an opportunity to provide feedback, and their responses will be included in the final analysis. While open-link results will be kept separate from the statistically valid responses, these responses will none-the-less provide valuable feedback for the City of Tulsa.


FEBRUARY 19, 2021: Student Support Camps Still Available on Wednesdays for Virtual Learning as TPS Students Transition Back to In-Person Classes

Great news for parents and students of first through six graders. Tulsa Parks will continue to offer Student Support Camps to City employees and the public as Tulsa Public Schools transition back to in-person classes.

These camps are situated at several different community centers and feature pod-style learning areas where kids can complete their virtual/distance learning coursework under the supervision of a support aide. Camp schedules and costs are being updated to provide an option for enrolling in a full week of camp or just on Wednesdays per TPS's weekly virtual learning day schedule. Camp is held 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Please note: child will need to bring their own non-refrigerated lunch, a snack and all materials needed to complete their learning, like laptops, course materials, etc. Also, support aides aren’t teachers, but they will be there to supervise and assist children when possible and as needed.

There are multiple COVID precautions in place, and there are be about 10 students per pod, with an aide supervising each pod. 

To register your child(ren): Enroll Online 


FEBRUARY 1, 2020: Spring Recreation Programs at Community Centers Start March 1 and Enrollment is Now Open!

Tulsa Parks offers a variety of both free and paid seasonal recreation programs and events for youth, adults, seniors and families. Spring recreation programs run March through May and are unique to each community center.

You can learn more about what programs and events each center has planned for this Spring by visiting our community center webpages:

Please note the following recreation program policies: 

Enroll Online


JANUARY 4, 2021: Updated COVID-19 Health & Safety Policy

The City of Tulsa’s Park and Recreation Department remains committed to ensuring the safety of our staff and residents, and continues to consult with the Tulsa Health Department and CDC guidelines. Please note the following temporary practices and protocols are in place at our center:

Additional updates and policies will be communicated by center staff as well as posted here and our social media accounts.


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