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City Wide Storm Debris Pickup

posted Aug 13, 2013, 2:18 PM by David Moore

City will begin special curbside storm greenwaste debris removal operation Monday


A special curbside debris removal operation will begin Monday, July 29, beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing to 5 p.m. on weekdays.  Crews will make one pass throughout the city to gather residential tree debris from last night’s storm, if it is placed at the curb.


If able, residents should cut tree debris into 4-foot or smaller sections, and place those bundles at the curb for crews to collect. This may speed the process of collection across the city.


If unable, residents must drag limbs to the curb for pickup.


The regular schedule for the collection of bagged greenwaste will be interrupted during this operation, and will only resume once crews have made a full sweep through the entire city.


Crews will use both City of Tulsa greenwaste trucks and grappler trucks to pick up debris. Crews will only pick up debris set at the curb, near the street, where it is easily accessible. Tree debris should not be mixed with other kinds of debris. If there is housing, roofing or structural debris of any kind mixed in, the greenwaste will not be picked up.


Residents are asked to keep parked cars away from debris stacked near the curbs so that grappler trucks can access the debriseasily.


The operation will begin on the outer perimeters of the city, working into the center where the storm damage was heaviest. This will allow residents in those areas more time to get greenwaste debris to the curb. Once crews begin working, they will assess the situation and announce an anticipated timeline for pickup as they move inward.


Household refuse and recycling collection will continue as normal.


Tulsans can also take tree and limb debris to the City’s greenwaste processing site, 10401 E. 56th St. North, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.daily at no charge.


Tulsa police officers and firefighters were kept busy from about 11:30 p.m. until after daylight responding to calls related tostorms that swept through the Tulsa metropolitan area Tuesday night.


Damage assessment continues this morning even as crews have begun recovery operations.


Crews from the Streets & Stormwater department were called in and began working at 1:30 a.m. to clear tree limbs and otherdebris from arterial streets.  Those crews will continue to clear arterials, then clear lanes of residential streets, then to haul debrisaway.


Power was out to 100,000 or more customers after the storm and power was lost at many public facilities as well.  Traffic engineering crews began at 5 a.m. today placing temporary stop signs at intersections throughout Tulsa where either signals were damaged or were without power. About 100 traffic signals were out of service.


Operators at the Tulsa E-9-1-1 center were overwhelmed with thousands of calls as the storm moved through Tulsa.  Tulsa firefighters were battling 8 to 10 house fires at one time during the night, with most of the fires believed to be caused by lightning.


Tulsa Parks were affected by the storms. Loss of power at Parks swimming pools and recreation centers forced closures of pools and summer day camps until power can be restored.  The Lacy, McClure, Reed and Central Park recreation centers and the Waterworks studio are closed.

Lacy, McClure, Reed and Whiteside Parks pools had no power.


The Tulsa Garden Center was also closed because of trees blocking driveways.


Tulsa Police were on duty throughout the night patrolling neighborhoods and business areas where power was out and alarm systems were not functioning.  Police Chief Chuck Jordan said police officers also helped remove debris from streets.

Adopt-A-Spot Making Owen Park Beautiful

posted Feb 11, 2013, 7:42 PM by Spencer Hellman   [ updated Mar 3, 2013, 3:34 PM ]

OPNA has recently been accepted as the official sponsor of Owen Park grounds and pond, through the City's new Adopt-‐a-­Spot program. This alliance will help solidify a formal relationship the Association has long had with the Park and its upkeep. OPNA members are encouraged to volunteer for a once a month clean up. Not everyone will need to volunteer every month. We will plan on one Saturday Morning monthly to canvass the grounds for litter, trash, etc. Plans will be made to clean the ends and banks of the Pond regularly. 

The City will provide necessary training, as well as supplies, including trash bags, gloves, and vests as needed.  This alliance will provide the association a means of communicating our desires for the Park and further foster our relationship with the City.  We will discuss the program at our general meeting Saturday, Feb 23rd.

Neighbor for Neighbor

posted Feb 11, 2013, 7:32 PM by Spencer Hellman

It's been about 6 months since over 600 families in the Mannford area lost their homes to the August wildfires. For various reasons, approximately 85% of the families with children, elderly couples, and disabled persons did not have insurance. Many of these families are living in storage buildings and rundown mobile without running water, heat or a
bed while they are working to rebuild their lives and homes.

Owen Park resident and board member, Carolyn Henning, is a Case Manager with the Creek County Recovery Committee, the volunteer organization that is assisting families to meet their immediate needs during the rebuild process. There is a great need for skilled and unskilled volunteers to lend a hand, or two, to build porches & stairs to mobile homes, install skirting, and construct well houses, among other projects. Donations of appliances, furniture in good condition, and any household items would help meet the urgent need. Donations, including financial assistance are tax deductible and can be made by contacting Carolyn or the "Committee" at 918-856-9185.


posted Mar 2, 2012, 2:46 PM by Spencer Hellman

Greetings!  My name is Spencer Hellman and I am your new Vice President.  I am excited to contribute this year as we work to make Owen Park an even better neighborhood to live in. I served last year on the board as a director at large so this is my second year on the board.   To be honest with you, though, at first I was not very excited about being a part of the Neighborhood Association because it seemed very out of touch with the neighborhood.  I hate long meetings and didn’t want to take up any more of my already busy schedule.  I know a lot of you may have also had the same experience as me.  Maybe you came to one meeting, it was boring and you haven’t come back since. I would encourage you to reconsider getting involved with the neighborhood.  We plan to have at least three fun parties/events this year that are sure to please and several informational meetings about gardening, neighborhood watch, and much more.  2012 is sure to be a great year for our neighborhood and with you as a part of it, a great year for our association.  Check the newsletter for upcoming events!

- Spencer

Vacant Properties in Owen Park

posted Jan 12, 2012, 10:37 AM by Spencer Hellman   [ updated Jan 29, 2012, 1:03 PM by David Moore ]

Supporting the Neighborhood One House at a Time

One way to demonstrate our care for Owen Park and significantly improve the appearance and reputation of our neighborhood is to keep each and every property looking as tidy and cared for as possible. While we can make every effort to keep our own homes looking well-kept, what can we do about the homes that are currently vacant and are in need of some attention? If you are concerned about the upkeep of a vacant property near your home, please attend the OPNA General Meeting on January 21st for details on what you can do to help. In many cases it is possible to determine the owner of the property and seek contact information in order to request that the property be given attention. A brief and informative presentation will be given on a variety of strategies for resolving concerns. We e n c o u r a g e Ow e n P a r k residents to take a proactive and neighborly approach to these matters.

A Note from the New OPNA President

posted Jan 12, 2012, 10:24 AM by Spencer Hellman

Thanks so much to everyone who came out to our Fall Block Party! We had a great turn out, and I really appreciated getting to talk with neighbors, old and new. Thank you, also, for choosing me as your president for the coming year. My wife and I purchased our house in Owen Park in March 2010, and we love living here. We were drawn to this neighborhood for a number of reasons including the beautiful park, the well-kept yards and gorgeous historic houses, the proximity to downtown, and the diverse blend of neighbors. We see so much potential in this area and we are very excited about the growth that is already evident within Owen Park and surrounding areas. I have found that Owen Park residents possess a lot of passion for their homes and neighborhood, and I look forward to working together toward making Owen Park an increasingly beautiful, safe, and enjoyable place to live. It is my hope that the Owen Park Neighborhood Association would exist as an avenue for uniting together toward this common cause and that neighbors would find meetings, communications, and activities to be welcoming, accessible, and beneficial. I and the other OPNA board members welcome your feedback and participation. We want to hear your ideas, and we are excited for you to be involved! -David


posted Sep 6, 2011, 10:53 AM by Spencer Hellman

With the nice shift in the weather it's now once again possible for us to leave the house and get out in the yard and take care of what plants and vegetation survived the hottest July in the nation’s history. With that in mind, we are planning a neighborhood clean up day, October 15, to take care of the medians and (depending on time) some of the trash and debris in the park. We will start clean-up (pruning the redbuds, cutting the median grass and possibly cleaning up trash/branches at the park) at 9AM and it will conclude at 11AM. Immediately afterwards we will begin cooking the food for the neighborhood block party.
A few things to keep in mind for Saturday:
  • Bring money to pay dues, $10 per house hold. (Individuals over 65 don't have to pay dues)
  • Bring a side to contribute to the party
  • We will have water for sale to help support the neighborhood association
  • We will elect the 2012 Board so be sure to pay so that you can vote.
  • Please bring tools to help with the clean-up (Brush cutting tools, mowers, trash bags, etc.)
The medians are a really cool feature of our neighborhood, so let's get out there and get them looking their best!

¡Viva Elote!

posted Mar 21, 2011, 7:57 PM by Spencer Hellman   [ updated Mar 21, 2011, 8:06 PM ]

Eloté Café & Catering and Owen Park home owners, Libby and Jeremy Auld, will be presented the prestigious Blue Ribbon Award by the U.S. Chamber during the Small Business Summit May 23 - 25 in Washington D.C. Award recipients were chosen based on several criteria including staff training, community involvement, customer service, business strategies and goals. Owen Park is honored to have such distinguished business owners in our neighborhood. Be sure to congratulate our neighbors next time you visit Eloté.

Eloté is located at 514 South Boston in Tulsa, OK in the Heart of the Deco District.

1906 Owen Park - Tulsa's original "Block Party"

posted Feb 12, 2011, 11:51 AM by Spencer Hellman   [ updated Feb 12, 2011, 12:00 PM ]

Tulsa Indian Territory September 1, 1906

All preparations are in place for the Labor Day parade and celebration. Despite heavy rains the night before, 23 floats, numerous citizens in vehicles and 60 cowboys lined up in downtown and started the muddy route which ended at Owen Park. The 23 floats were designed and built by various unions and their members. Over 500 union members came from Muskogee to participate in “the biggest and best celebration ever held in Tulsa”. Once the parade reached Owen Park, the participants staked out picnic places under the oak trees or gathered at the speaker stand to hear speeches. The celebration lasted two days with athletic sports and games and “eating, drinking and a general merry making”. (Note: although the city did not buy the park until 1909, it was used extensively for celebrations and city events)

Submitted by Roxanne Snider, Historian

The Big Bang!

posted Feb 1, 2011, 12:11 PM by Spencer Hellman

Tulsa, Indian Territory Friday January 29, 1904 ''On the previous Saturday the city was shaken to the very core by a most terrific explosion, which proved to be the entire stock of nitroglycerine belonging to the Western Torpedo Company of Chenute, Kansas''. A substitute driver was unloading to a shed in what is now the Owen Park pond, when the explosion occurred. Workers at the brick plant (where Roosevelt School is now) were severely stunned. Trees were blown down and the two horses were knocked off their feet. One later died and the other was deaf. The wagon was badly damaged but later was found to contain empty containers. Doctor Kennedy's house had severe plaster damage and all the windows were broken. Downtown businesses also sustained broken windows and minor damages. The blast was said to be heard in Claremore The pit was later enlarged and dammed so that the Dirty Butter Creek could fill it. It became Tulsa's first swimming hole and proved to be very popular.
submitted by Roxanne Snider, Historian

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