Schoolchildren test-drive playground at the Gathering Place


As joy poured from giddy schoolchildren Friday afternoon at the Gathering Place, so did the emotions from Jeff Stava, the park’s most hands-on developer.

Voice cracking and tears welling, he summed up what it meant to take in the shrieks and giggles from the green space’s first visitors, a group of 250 students from nearby Eugene Field Elementary School.

“Ten years,” said Stava, executive director of Tulsa’s Gathering Place LLC, pausing to gain his composure. “You know you push ideas around, push drawings around, talk about things, you cost them. But hearing the laughter and excitement, it’s really moving.

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