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Halliburton Pledges $10 Million to Gathering Place

BENEVOLENT ANNOUNCEMENT: At the announcement of the Halliburton gift to the Gathering Place are, from left, Jeffrey Miller, Halliburton CEO; George B. Kaiser; and Jeff Stava, executive director and trustee of the Gathering Place, LLC.

A Gathering Place for Tulsa has announced that Halliburton Company pledged a $10 million donation to sponsor the King Post Bridge. Halliburton joins more than 70 donors who have contributed to the park. To date, George Kaiser Family Foundation has contributed $200 million toward the project ($50 million in land plus $150 million for construction of Phase I of the park) and, with the gift from Halliburton, nearly $200 million has been raised in private donations. Combined, this unprecedented public-private partnership totals $465 million.

“At Halliburton, we very much appreciate the communities where we live and work and are happy to support Gathering Place,” said Jeff Miller, Halliburton president and CEO. “We believe the park is a great benefit to Tulsa and the local community – home of hundreds of Halliburton employees.”

A Gathering Place for Tulsa is a planned 100-acre park along the Arkansas River that will connect three previously independently-owned sites with the existing River Parks. Phase I, the first 66.5 acres, will include experiences for all ages. From the five-acre Adventure Playground to Mist Mountain, sport courts, bike and skate parks, nature trails, and large lawns for concerts, there are activities for the entire family to enjoy. Additional features will include the Williams Companies Lodge, QuikTrip Great Lawn, ONEOK Boathouse, and the Chapman Foundations Adventure Playground, which will offer spaces for recreational and social gatherings.

“We are honored to be the recipient of such a generous donation,” said Jeff Stava, executive director and trustee of Tulsa’s Gathering Place, LLC. “It is remarkable to see the ongoing support this project is generating and the unwavering commitment from our business community. This park will be a signature attraction for Tulsa and help ensure our city is a top destination for generations to come.”

Phase I of the park is expected to open in late spring/summer 2018, with the Chapman Foundations Adventure Playground opening in January 2018 for scheduled visits by Tulsa-area elementary school children. With five-acres of handcrafted, one-of-a-kind equipment never before seen in the U.S., Tulsa’s children will get a first look at the highly-anticipated park. 

Project information and the latest updates can be found by visiting   

About A Gathering Place for Tulsa
A project of George Kaiser Family Foundation, A Gathering Place for Tulsa will transform nearly 100 acres of Tulsa’s waterfront along the Arkansas River into a dynamic and active space when the project is completed. GKFF and numerous corporate and community philanthropists gave ownership of the $465 million park to River Parks Authority who in turn signed a long-term operational and management lease back to an entity of the foundation to ensure the highest quality operation, maintenance and programming for the life of the park.

A Gathering Place for Tulsa is doing business as Tulsa’s Gathering Place, LLC. To learn more about the project, visit

Updated 01-24-2018

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