Riverside Drive and Gathering Place, Tulsa's Riverfront Park


City of Tulsa

Project Overview
A local, private family foundation wanted to create a large-scale park along the Arkansas River in Tulsa near its downtown business district. HNTB served as design engineer and construction manager on the $465 million project, leading civil, utility, bridge and electrical design work.

Dubbed a "Gathering Place," the park would transform the city and region, but not without first overcoming infrastructure challenges, such as stormwater flooding, aging infrastructure, inadequate water and sewer lines and a busy arterial street with safety concerns. City leadership sought to establish a foundational infrastructure system to support the park in a timely and cost-effective manner. The project's goal was to revitalize Tulsa's riverfront by connecting three adjacent waterfront parcels to the existing park and trail system.

In addition to overseeing and working alongside the city to coordinate all utility relocations and right of way acquisitions, HNTB’s responsibilities also included coordinating with the family foundation stakeholder.

Full construction of the park and supporting infrastructure took three years. The old Riverside Drive and undeveloped floodplain transformed into an area with land bridges, skate parks, landscaped greenways and more.

In 2019, the American Council of Engineering Companies awarded the Riverside Drive and Gathering Place project a National Honor Award.