Owen Park prepares a kaboom

Tuesday, 28 July 2009
Owen Park, and the entire City of Tulsa Parks Department, will be celebrating their 100 year anniversary on Saturday, Aug. 8, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Owen Park, 560 North Maybelle Avenue, by building a Kaboom Playground – among other fun-filled events.

A Kaboom Playground program utilizes volunteers to construct an entire outdoor play facility in one day – all with volunteers.  Volunteers have already been lined up to make the one-day construction happen – and all through private donations.

Ironically, Owen Park began when an explosion occurred.  From that, Owen Park was born and the entire Tulsa Parks and Recreation program began.

Kicking off the Saturday events will be City Councilor Jack Henderson, and from the Mayor’s Office Susan Neal, Director of Community Development and Education.

Events for that day start at 8 a.m. with a Fishing Tournament, sponsored by Zebco and Bass Pro. The more fish a child catches, the more chances they collect for door prizes. Only those 15 years of years of age or younger can participate. The tournament ends at 12 p.m.

The celebration actually begins the night before with the "Teen Town Reunion Dance" on Friday, Aug. 7, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. – at the Owen Recreation Center.

Live entertainment includes ‘New Greeks’ and ‘chaperoned’ by former Owen Neighborhood native and Tulsa icon Betty Boyd. Admission is $5 per person.

Other Saturday activities include a free climbing wall, an antique car display, live entertainment, and a kid’s parade.

The QuikTrip Kitchen will be available for food purchases.  Also available that day will be exhibits from the Owen, Brady Heights, and Crosbie Heights Neighborhood Associations.

At 5 p.m. that same day, Mayor Kathy Taylor will be present for the unveiling of the finished Kaboom Playground, and to proclaim Aug. 8 "Celebrate Parks Day."

For more information, contact the Owen Community Center at 596-1485.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 28 July 2009 )