TYPros Second Street CReD Another Success in Red Fork

VOLUNTEERS: Members of TYPros were enthusiastic in their volunteer efforts for Red Fork. From left are Greg Tatum, Eric Ellsworth, Devin Bromley, Andrew Monteclavo, Emily Koller, Kenton Grant, Kate Silvey, Kate Hoback, Rebecca Creal, Christy Craig, Hillary Parkhurst and Sarah Peters.

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Tulsa’s Young Professionals (ros) hosted its second annual Street CReD in mid April. This year the group chose the West Tulsa area of Red Fork for an event entitled Red Fork Revival, focused on reviving the area’s rich history and building on the growing enthusiasm for Route 66.

Over three weekends, ros volunteers worked countless hours, cleaning up old buildings and store fronts in Red Fork, creating a spruced up venue for vendors to set up temporary shops, booths and exhibits. The area received a total makeover for the event, complete with a pop up Route 66 museum, mock old-style movie theater and several spruced-up store fronts. With historic Red Fork as a backdrop, the event reflected the potential for the area to become a Route 66 tourist destination, with a diverse mix of people and culture.

Hundreds of attendees traveled by trolley up and down Southwest Blvd, visiting three distinct areas set up for the event. Although some of the changes were temporary, ros plans on the event having a long-term impact, according to Brian Paschal, executive director of ros.

“Our goal has been to work with community partners and businesses to revitalize the Red Fork area through beautification, attracting new businesses and emphasizing and marketing the Route 66 connection for a tourist draw,” Paschal says.

ros presents Street CReD annually to offer citizens a clear vision of what Tulsa could become through community redevelopment. Each year, ros chooses a different part of the region to highlight.

Those interested in being a part of ros or next year’s Street CReD can find more information on TYPros’ website at www.typros.org.

Updated 05-11-2012

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