Sunday, August 24, 2014

City of Tulsa does some backpeddling

A further development in the Turkey Mountain development story. The City of Tulsa is doing some major back-peddling stating that all of the trails on the west side of Powerline are private land and NOT a part of RiverParks or the City of Tulsa Parks System. These are some of the oldest trails on Turkey Mountain and are used in several mountain bike and trail races. Even today, there is an off-road duathlon there starting and finishing at the Westside YMCA. I am certain that a permit had to be bought from RiverParks to have this event. In the latest press release, this map was posted. The green area is RiverParks/City of Tulsa owned land. Did the City of Tulsa or RiverParks get their hand slapped for publishing a trail map that included trails on private land? Another more revealing map is also circulating.
It is interesting that if one wants to run the Yellow trail they will have to trespass on private land to complete the circuit. This is ridiculous. I have it on good authority that MOST of the land west of Powerline has been owned for years by a local philanthropist who has not put up no trespassing signs. My thinking is that this "privately owned land" will NEVER be commercially developed. The property next to HWY 75 where the proposed outlet mall is going--I dunno. That will be a big battle.

On a lighter note, a group of friends did a little trespassing this morning.

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