The gift will fund a bridge that spans Peggy's Pond and links Williams Lodge and the Chapman Foundations' Adventure Playground to the ONEOK Boathouse and QuikTrip Great Lawn. Developed by the George Kaiser Family Foundation, the $350 million park will comprise roughly a hundred acres along both sides of the city's Riverside Drive. GKFF is contributing $200 million to the project, including $50 million in land, with the remaining funds to be raised from other groups and private-sector donors.
Walt Helmerich, a Tulsa oilman, civic leader, and co-founder of Helmerich & Payne, Inc., died in 2012. He was an advocate for the city's parks system and served many years on the Tulsa Park and Recreation Board, including seventeen as chair.
"We couldn’t be happier with the gracious donation from the Helmerich family in helping bring A Gathering Place for Tulsa to fruition," said Jeff Stava, executive director and trustee of A Gathering Place. "We're thankful for their and the many other Tulsa families' support for the project."