So … you think you know Southwest Tulsa? Here’s your chance to prove it. From now through April 30, RedFork Main Street will hold a contest to test your knowledge of Southwest Tulsa. Here are the rules:
1. Every few days, we will post a photograph shot somewhere in the RedFork Main Street project area. (There is no set schedule for posting photographs, so you’ll need to check in every day to see whether we’ve posted a new picture.)
2. You will have 24 hours from the time the image is posted to submit a comment telling us where you think the picture was taken.
3. To give everybody a chance to participate, we will hold comments in moderation until the 24-hour cutoff is reached.
4. For each image you correctly identify, your name will be entered into a drawing to win a softcover copy of Michael Wallis’ Route 66: The Mother Road. The more correct answers you have, the more chances you have to win the prize.
5. Please do not submit more than one guess for each picture.
6. The drawing will be held May 1, and the winner will be notified via e-mail.
7. The winner will have until May 9 to make arrangements to pick up the book at our office.
The more familiar you are with the RedFork Main Street project area, the better your chances of identifying the photos — so get out there and start exploring the neighborhood!
A federal grant could put a visitors’ center next door to the Route 66 transportation theme park being built in the 3900 block of Southwest Boulevard.
Tulsa City Councilor Rick Wescott reported that the city has approved the release of funds for work on the transportation theme park.
County Commissioner Randi Miller reported that engineering and design work is being done on the proposed low-water dams in the Arkansas River. Although voters rejected a proposal last fall to fund the construction of dams, $5.7 million in engineering and design work was already approved through Vision 2025, Miller said.
Kirby Crowe, program director for Vision 2025, said the Department of Environmental Quality has issued a permit for a water system at Chandler Park, and advertisements will go out April 7 for construction bids on a planned 16,000-square-foot community center at the park.
“It just makes a lot of sense for people to come in, pull in, take a rest stop, (and) walk over” to the park, Randy Dittman told the Southwest Tulsa Chamber of Commerce during a regular meeting Thursday morning. “It’s going to be a wonderful jewel for us over here.”
Dittman said he and other Chamber members are working on an application for a federal Scenic Byways grant that would fund 80 percent of the estimated $330,000 cost of converting the bottom floor of the two-story “Chamber house” on Southwest Boulevard to a visitors’ center complete with rest rooms, interpretive materials, and information about local businesses and attractions.
The deadline for submitting the grant application is Monday. The grant is expected to be awarded by December, Dittman said.
If the Chamber receives the grant, it will be responsible for raising $66,000, or 20 percent of the total project cost, he said.
“We’ve kind of taken this house to the next level. We hadn’t anticipated this,” Dittman said. “We’d be remiss not to take advantage of this opportunity.”
Also during the meeting:
Although December’s ice storm took its toll on Tulsa’s arboreal assets, survivors were blooming all over Red Fork on Thursday afternoon as temperatures reached the 80s for the first time this spring:
A little sapling was blooming just off historic Route 66 in downtown Red Fork.
This lovely redbud was blooming in front of O’Reilly Auto Parts, located at the corner of 33rd West Avenue and Southwest Boulevard.
The warm weather and gorgeous flowers make spring a perfect time to slow down, take a walk, and enjoy the friendly smiles, pretty colors, and bursts of unexpected beauty that make Southwest Tulsa such a wonderful place to be.
Just a couple of blocks from the RedFork Main Street corridor, Reed Park Community Center is offering children ages 5 to 12 a chance to go fly a kite. Children will decorate their own kites and fly them during the class, which will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday, April 7. Cost is $5. Participants must preregister by Tuesday, April 1.
Also, this Thursday, March 27, is the deadline to preregister for Reed Park’s “Get Out! Outdoor Skills for Kids!” The class, which meets from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays from April 3 to April 24, will teach outdoor skills to kids ages 8 to 15. Kids will learn about camping, hiking, fishing and archery. Participants are encouraged to dress for the weather. Cost for the class is $20 and must be paid at the time of registration.
For a complete listing of Reed Park’s other programs and activities, click here. (You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the page, which is a PDF document. If you do not have the reader on your computer, you can download it for free at Adobe.com.)
The Daniel Webster High School baseball team has two away games on Wednesday, March 26, against Nathan Hale High School. The Warriors will take on the Rangers beginning at 4 p.m. Wednesday.
At 5 and 7 p.m. Thursday, March 27, the boys’ and girls’ soccer teams will play Cascia Hall at home.
For a complete schedule of athletic and academic activities at Webster, click here to view the school calendar.
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation has a fascinating online gallery of photographs of Red Fork during the heyday of Route 66. Click here to see how Red Fork looked in 1949. The gallery also includes several pages of images of Route 66 from other parts of Oklahoma.
Do you remember visiting any of these businesses when they were open? We’d love to hear your memories. If you have stories to share about Red Fork or Route 66 in Southwest Tulsa, please snail-mail them to Red Fork Main Street News, c/o RedFork Main Street, 3708 Southwest Blvd., Tulsa, OK, 74107, or e-mail them to epriddy (at) redforkmainstreet (dot) org. If you know someone who does not have computer access but might have stories to share, please print out this post and pass it along to him or her.
Get your Earth Day kicks on Route 66 with RedFork Main Street!
RedFork Main Street is seeking volunteers to help celebrate Earth Day with a fun project designed to helps Mother Nature and the Mother Road at the same time.
At 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 19, volunteers will meet at Howard Park, just east of Goodwill Industries on Southwest Boulevard (Historic Route 66), for a quick breakfast of fresh QuikTrip Kitchens doughnuts before venturing out with gloves and bags to pick up trash along the RedFork Main Street corridor, which extends for one block on either side of Southwest Boulevard from the Arkansas River to 33rd West Avenue.
The event will include music and prizes. The Red Fork Lions Club will provide free coffee for volunteers. Gloves and trash bags will be provided. Cleanup work will begin at 9 a.m. and continue through 1 p.m.
For more information, call RedFork Main Street at 445-4457 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.