Gathering Place


A Vision of Unity Comes to Life

By Jimmy Do | okcthunder.com


A rmed with a microphone and a superstar personality, 11-year-old Ariana Reagor launched a countdown before the overflowing crowd that was fervent with anticipation and excitement on Saturday morning.

A collective roar of "3-2-1" boomed into the overcast skies. Not for long, the gates swung open and thousands of people poured into the new park signaling a new era.

Gathering Place was officially opened.

George Kaiser, member of the Thunder ownership group, was on hand to experience his vision become a reality. He leveraged his passion for people to deliver not just an iconic riverfront park, but a symbolic example for others to follow in giving back to the community.

A $350 million jumpstart from the George Kaiser Family Foundation rallied into a $465 million transformation.

More than 80 donors went all in to make the largest private gift to a city in U.S. history for this one-of-a-kind world-class urban institution.

Gathering Place Parade

8:30 A.M. The festivities kicked off with a parade starting from 24th Street and Riverside Drive heading south.

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“Exactly 1,153 days ago, we closed Riverside Drive. Now we're giving it back to you with a little bit more.”

Tony Moore, Gathering Place Park Director


Gathering Place Parade

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Gathering Place Parade

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Gathering Place Parade

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Gathering Place Parade

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Gathering Place Performance
9:15 A.M. Thunder Girls and Thunder Drummers kept the high energy alive with an on-stage performance to pump up the crowd.

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Gathering Place Performance

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Gathering Place Gates Open
9:45 A.M. Simmering with anticipation, the crowd roared once doors officially open to the new park.

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Gathering Place Gates Open
George Kaiser, member of the Thunder ownership group whose vision of bringing communities together brought this project to life.

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“Showing our Tulsa best, we now have the mark of making the largest private gift to a city in the United States.”

Jeff Strava, Gathering Place Executive Director and Trustee


Gathering Place Gates Open

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Gathering Place Gates Open

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“It's like no other place in the world. The level of design and detail does not exist anywhere else.”

Ken Levit, George Kaiser Family Foundation Executive Director


Gathering Place Gates Open

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Gathering Place Gates Open

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Gathering Place Gates Open

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Gathering Place Reading Tree
11 A.M. Tulsa-native Terrance Ferguson with his mother Rachelle Holdman and Gathering Place Student Ambassador Ariana at the Reading Tree.

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Gathering Place Gates Reading Tree

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“To see the outcome of it is pretty cool. Especially for the community.”

Terrance Ferguson, Thunder Guard/Forward


Gathering Place Gates Reading Tree

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Gathering Place Gates Reading Tree

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Gathering Place Gates Reading Tree

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