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The Frontier met Jeff Stava again Tuesday for another drive through A Gathering Place For Tulsa construction site.

Stava is overseeing construction of the park for the George Kaiser Family Foundation.

Tuesday’s tour — the second in an ongoing series brought to you by The Frontier — focused on what Stava called “bump outs” in the Arkansas River.

Once completed, the bump outs — made up of thousands of tons of sand and stone — will be covered with lush grass, providing visitors to the park a chance to get closer to the river than ever before.

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Jeff Stava, left, and Frontier reporter Kevin Canfield look over the work being done at A Gathering Place For Tulsa on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015. DYLAN GOFORTH/The Frontier

The bump outs also provide a landing spot for visitors who use the land bridges over Riverside Drive to go from the park property on the east side of road to the Arkansas River on the west side.

Earlier this year, Crossland Construction replaced Manhattan Construction as the park’s construction manager.

Stava said Tuesday that construction remains on schedule, with the park expected to be completed in late 2017.


A view from the bed of the Arkansas River, looking north toward downtown Tulsa. Thousands of pounds of dirt and sand have been shuffled around the Arkansas River as work is being done on A Gathering Place For Tulsa. DYLAN GOFORTH/The Frontier

Phase I of the project will stretch from approximately the 2700 block of Riverside Drive to 31st Street on the east side of the street and the 2700 block to 34th Street along the west side of Riverside Drive.

The Gathering Place is a $350 million park being built by the foundation with financial assistance from private and corporate donors.

The Kaiser Foundation is contributing $200 million to the park, including $50 million for land.