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The City Wants Your Ideas for Tulsa’s Next Landmark

Mayor G.T. Bynum announced today that the City of Tulsa will be accepting ideas and proposals for the design of the new Arkansas River Pedestrian Bridge.

Last year, Tulsans passed Vision Tulsa – promising the investment of more than $140 million in the Arkansas River corridor. Plans include the creation of a lake in the Arkansas River, the replacement of Zink Dam, a variety of levee and design improvements and the construction of a new iconic pedestrian bridge that will replace the aging pedestrian bridge that stands today.

The vision set by Tulsans allows the city to capitalize on its greatest natural resource after more than 50 years of dreaming and planning as a community. Now we need your ideas and creativity to help the City design one of its most iconic projects.

“This is an opportunity for our community to come together and create Tulsa’s next landmark for generations to come,” Mayor G.T. Bynum said. “This is Tulsa’s bridge and it’s only fitting that we want Tulsans to be involved in how we move forward as a united city that can compete on a global level.”

Just as the first bridge across the Arkansas River in 1917 marked “where east meets west,” the new pedestrian bridge will connect The Gathering Place to west Tulsa’s neighborhoods and trails, serving as a gateway to the greatest gift of private parkland in America’s history. 

Starting Monday, March 20 through Friday, April 7 at midnight, citizens can submit renderings, photos, or drawings at www.cityoftulsa.org/vision with a brief paragraph explaining why they selected the design, what it says about Tulsa and how it connects to the community’s history and future. The funding allocation for the new pedestrian bridge is $24.5 million.

Once designs are received, a bridge selection committee comprised of architects, engineers, design experts, key stakeholders and elected officials will review the proposals and provide three to six renderings that meet design standards, specifications and overall aesthetics for public comment. Once public comment is received, a final selection for Tulsa’s next iconic landmark will be identified by the committee.

Community involvement is vital to this process – make sure and follow the City of Tulsa on Facebook for continuous updates throughout the selection process and help share the video featuring Mayor Bynum highlighting the importance of the bridge selection. 

 

Arkansas River Pedestrian Bridge Timeline

Stage I: Public Submits their Proposals   |   March 20-April 7

Mayor G.T. Bynum formally launched the public outreach campaign March 20, kicking off three weeks for the public to submit proposals for the pedestrian bridge’s design. Citizens can submit their design proposals online, www.cityoftulsa.org/vision

Stage II: Proposal Evaluations   |   April 10-14

The citizen-led Selection Committee, in partnership with City of Tulsa, River Parks, and INCOG staff, will meet to narrow the submissions to three to six finalists.

Stage III: Public Comment on Finalists   |   April 17-28

Three to six finalists will be formally presented to the public, allowing for Tulsans to provide comments and feedback. The feedback will inform and help shape the Selection Committee’s final decision. 

Stage IV: Selection Committee Decision   |   April 28

After receiving public comment, the Selection Committee will identify their top choice and announce it publicly.

Bridge Selection Committee Members

  • Elected Officials: Mayor G.T. Bynum and Councilors Jeannie Cue, Blake Ewing, Ben Kimbro and Phil Lakin
  • Historical Leaders:  Holbrook Lawson (Chair, Tulsa Arts Commission), Michael Wallis (Tulsa Historical Society Hall of Fame)
  • Design Experts: Amanda DeCort (Tulsa Foundation for Architecture), Shawn Schaefer (OU-Tulsa Urban Design Studio)
  • River Corridor Stakeholders: Juan Miret (Growing Together), Stuart Solomon (Public Service Company of Oklahoma), Jeff Stava (The Gathering Place), Darton Zink (River Parks Authority)
  • Support Staff: Rich Brierre, Nick Doctor, Matt Meyer, Dawn Warrick, Paul Zachary

About Vision Tulsa

Vision Tulsa, an $884 million sales tax renewal package approved by voters in 2016, will make substantial investments in economic development, education, public safety, streets and transportation needs citywide. With citizen priorities providing the driving force behind the creation of Vision Tulsa, transformative projects and enhancements will set the stage for a bright future for Tulsa.