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Hillcrest Donates Land For Neighborhood Park

FOREST ORCHARD OPENING: Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum spoke along with Kevin Gross, Hillcrest HealthCare System CEO, and Kimberly Norman, a leader of the Forest Orchard Neighborhood Association, at the ribbon cutting of the Forest Orchard Park. The Forest Orchard neighborhood is located between 11th and 15th streets and Utica and Peoria avenues.

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In 2009, after entering into a long-term lease of Benedict Park, Hillcrest Healthcare System representatives met with the Forest Orchard Neighborhood Association (FONA) to discuss the creation of an interior park for the neighborhood.

The land where the park sits is a donation from Hillcrest to the City of Tulsa. Hillcrest purchased five dilapidated properties along South Rockford Avenue in May 2012 and, with the support of the neighborhood residents, razed the houses in June 2012, creating the space for Forest Orchard Park.

The development of Forest Orchard Park represents a continuing collaboration among Hillcrest, the City of Tulsa and neighborhood leaders to enhance Forest Orchard neighborhood. Hillcrest is an active member of FONA.

A Small Area Plan has been created for the neighborhood and surrounding area and outlines potential future developments and enhancements.

Forest Orchard Park is owned by the City of Tulsa Park and Recreation Department. Hillcrest will provide ongoing maintenance of the park.

Hillcrest employees and the community participated in the naming of the park, ultimately selecting the name Forest Orchard Park.

Hillcrest is a strong supporter of the community through this and other public/private partnerships. Hillcrest Medical Center celebrates its centennial, 100 years of changing lives, in 2018.

Updated 05-22-2018

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