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Tulsa has had a Council and strong Mayor form of government since 1990. The Mayor and Auditor are elected at large; nine Councilors are elected from their respective districts.
Tulsa Parks has 20 Community Centers that offer a wide variety of seasonal programs, events and activities for all ages. In addition to sports, fitness programs, arts, educational classes and social programs, many centers have multi-purpose rooms, gymnasiums and other spaces for rent. Special centers include two theaters (Heller and Clark); a fine arts studio (WaterWorks); and a senior center (Central).
The department has two fully operating theaters and a fine art center specializing in visual arts, as well as numerous visual and performing arts programs at other sites. The WaterWorks Art Studio, located in the historic Newblock Park building near downtown, offers a full palette of arts programs for young and old, as well as studio and gallery space.
Tulsa Parks' two theaters - Clark and Heller - offer opportunities to participate in all stages of theater, from lighting and directing to improvisational acting. Clark is targeted toward youth, while Heller does both youth and adult programming. Both hold performing arts summer and spring break day camps and stage a variety of dramatic performances for the public throughout the year.
Tulsa Parks operates 22 swimming pools, ranging from Olympic-sized McClure Pool, complete with water slides and concessions, to numerous free junior pools suitable for younger children. Certified swimming lessons for adults and children at all levels are offered at various sites throughout the summer. All of the pools host an entertaining array of special events and games. And for children who aren't in the mood for a regular pool but still want to cool off, one of the 21 spray pools is a fun alternative.
Tulsa Parks is host to numerous special holiday events throughout the year. One of the most popular is the annual 12th Night Burning of the Greens held each Jan. 6, in which thousands of Tulsans bring their Christmas trees to be ignited for an impressive display. Easter Egg hunts in spring draw hundreds of children to search for goodies, and the community centers offer crafts and social programs themed for other major holidays as well.
Sports and fitness programs are among the department's most popular. No matter what your age, ability or interest, there's likely a program for you. Highlights include:
League sports. The department sponsors dozens of leagues in every season, for both youth and adult, including T-ball, basketball, flag football, volleyball, tennis, gymnastics, and more.
Tournaments and special events. In addition to numerous tournaments, the department hosts special events such as fishing clinics, orienteering workshop, Hershey Track and Field program and a junior triathlon.
Sports and fitness programming at community centers. This includes everything from aerobics to disc golf to kick-boxing to tennis lessons.
Extensive sports/fitness facilities. Tulsa Parks has lighted and unlighted ball fields, sand volleyball courts, gyms, basketball courts, fishing piers, tennis courts, and over 30 miles of trials.
Gymnastics. Reed Community Center is home to an 8,000-square-foot state-of-the-art gymnastics center that is the site of hundreds of classes throughout the year as well as league gymnastics and tournaments.
Tulsa Parks' professional recreation staff offers more than a dozen American Camping Association-accredited options for day camps all summer long, for all ages and interests. Participants in the traditional camps will enjoy bowling, skating, swimming, arts and crafts, field trips, and sessions on everything from environmental awareness to animals to international week. Those in the specialty camps can focus on fine arts, performing arts, or fun activities designed just for teens. Some centers also offer Spring Break and Winter Break day camps.
Senior programming - Many Community Centers offer social, educational or fitness programming designed just for seniors, and Central Senior Center offers programs exclusively for seniors. Central's offerings include art and ceramics classes, AARP Driving courses, computer classes, special holiday events and a full host of social activities such as dominoes, cards and dances. Tulsa Parks also hosts the annual Oklahoma Senior Olympics, an exciting seven-day sports festival exclusively for men and women age 50 and over, featuring 66 events in 22 different sports. More than 1,000 senior men and women participate in the games each fall, in archery, badminton, basketball, bowling, croquet, cycling, field, golf, horseshoes, lawnbowling, pickleball, racquetball, race walking, 5km and 10km road races, shuffleboard, softball, swimming, table tennis, tennis, track, volleyball and weightlifting.
Golf courses - Tulsa Parks manages two of the area's finest golf courses, Mohawk and Page Belcher. Each has 36 holes amidst beautiful natural settings. Both courses are open from sunup to sundown year-round. And both sport a number of fee specials that make golfing affordable for everyone. Page Belcher has two courses, Olde Page and Stone Creek, as well as a driving range, three putting greens, and a short game green. It also is home for the Tulsa Golf School. Both courses feature zoysia grass tees and fairways with pincross bent grass greens. Mohawk Golf Course's Woodbine Course and Pecan Valley Course are set in north Tulsa in the beautiful and natural Mohawk Park. Two of Tulsa's most historic and challenging courses await you here.
Activities for the disabled - All Tulsa Parks programs are open to people with disabilities, and, where possible, accommodations will be made to make participation easier for those with handicaps. In addition, Whiteside Community Center offers a weekly program for all ages with planned activities such as bowling, movies, bingo games, fun field trips, and much more. In the summer, Whiteside sponsors a special Developmentally Disabled Activities Summer Camp. And WaterWorks Art Studio will tailor special, one-on-one classes by appointment to allow people with disabilities work around their limitations to create art.
Facility rentals - Tulsa Parks has all sorts of facilities available for rent for parties, family reunions or special events. From picnic shelters to gymnasiums and meeting rooms to entire ballfields or swimming pools, there is likely a place to meet the needs of any occasion. Special event parks also are available for larger public events such as concerts or races.
Tailor-made programming - A staff of highly trained specialists can work with companies and organization to create customized programs such as golf tournaments, team-building Olympics or on-site fitness classes.
Woodward Park actually (proudly) contains several different amenities and facilities, rather than those other facilities just being stand-alone entities. Check < ahref="http://www.tulsagardencenter.com/wpdetails.html">this site for details
Special Parks Information:
The Woodward Park Complex located at 21st Street South and Peoria Avenue in Tulsa encompasses several areas including Woodward Park itself, the Municipal Rose Garden and the Tulsa Garden Center.
The Arboretum is a collection of trees and shrubs that do well in the Tulsa area.
The Conservatory is a Victorian style Lord and Burnham structure featuring rotating displays and permanent collections of cacti, succulents, and tropical plants found in major rainforest regions of the world.
The Rock Garden contains streams, pools, and statuary among thousands of blooming spring bulbs, spring annuals and summer floral plantings blooming from mid-March until Frost.
The Azalea Garden features 17,000 plants in a wooded setting enjoyed from meandering paths. Peak bloom is in mid-April.
The Iris Display Bed includes over 200 plants with a peak bloom in early May.
The Anne Hathaway Herb Garden is a formal display of culinary herbs. The smell is delicious.
The Municipal Rose Garden contains over 9,000 rose plants and more than 250 varieties over a 4-1/2 acre terraced slope. Peak blooming periods are mid-May and again in mid-October.
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