Guthrie Green, an urban park and entertainment space in the heart of Tulsa's Brady Arts District, resides on the square block between Brady & Cameron and Boston Avenue & MLK Blvd. Enjoy concerts, movies, fitness classes, food trucks, and much more at Guthrie Green. All events are free and open to the public!
The recently renovated site was previously home to a variety of industrial and commercial uses including Vinson Supply, DX, and, most recently, Central Freight.
The George Kaiser Family Foundation purchased the property in 2007. The vision for the site was for a green, central gathering space for The Brady Arts District. In 2009, GKFF engaged Creative Community Builders to work with The Brady Arts District community to articulate a vision for the neighborhood to help guide the development of the park and to inform the development of commercial, residential and nonprofit projects. In 2010, the plans for the park were unveiled. Guthrie Green celebrated its opening with a three-day festival beginning September 7th, 2012.
Guthrie Green is an urban garden and performance space in The Brady Arts District in downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma. Accommodating visitors looking for a peaceful escape or family activities, the park features a stage, The Dock pavilion, tree-lined paths, shade structures, water features and a large lawn. In addition to the markets, festivals and concerts we have planned for Guthrie Green, we hope that visitors to the park will enjoy a simple walk or lunch at the park to experience an urban green space unlike any other in Tulsa.
The following groups contributed tremendous hard work to the design and completion of Guthrie Green:
Architectural Glass and Metals
Brady Arts District Owners’ Association
Brady Arts District Business Owners’ Association
City of Tulsa
Frederic Dorwart Lawyers
Flynt and Kallenberger
Kinslow, Keith and Todd
Kusser Fountain Works
Northeastern Irrigation and Landscape, Inc.
Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality
Oklahoma Department of Commerce
Sutton + Associates
Summers Well Drilling
Summit Civil Contractors
Tulsa Beautification Foundation
Tulsa Community Foundation
Tulsa Industrial Authority
Tulsa Performing Arts Center Trust
U.S. Department of Energy
Guthrie Green is a showcase of "green" technology.
Guthrie Green is a showcase of "green" technology. All lighting on the site is LED, reducing the overall site demand for electricity. Water runoff on the site is diverted to bio-swales, which help irrigate the landscape and clean the water before it enters the storm sewer. Solar panels on the roof of The Dock contribute to the overall energy demands of the park amenities.
Below the grass, benches and stage, resides the greenest component of the Guthrie Green. Prior to the above ground construction, a geothermal exchange well field was developed on the park site. The well field consists of a network of 120 five hundred foot wells grouped in 15 circuits. The well field circulates water through the earth to bring it to a temperature of 66 degrees. This water feeds ground source heat pumps in the neighboring Tulsa Paper Company building and the Hardesty Visual Arts Center reducing their heating and cooling costs by approximately 60%. Using the innovative Rygan technology, the well field has a capacity of 600 tons of heating and cooling.
The transformation of a former industrial site and freight yard into Guthrie Green was itself a "green" effort. As with many urban projects, the construction of Guthrie Green required negotiating the environmental impact of historic uses. In the earliest stages of construction, we knew that two fuel tanks were left over after the removal of a gas station. Through the course of drilling the wells for the geothermal wellfield, we found a total of 12 rusting fuel tanks. The tanks and their contents were removed and the surrounding dirt was reclaimed.
Designed with arts in mind.
Guthrie Green was designed with the performing arts in mind. After consulting with local performing arts presenters, GKFF built a park designed to meet the needs of local and touring performing artists. The stage and the technical infrastructure were designed with both the needs of performers and the comfort of park visitors in mind. The stage canopy is prewired for lighting and sound and is permanently wired to a front-of-house position on the lawn.
Performing arts events at Guthrie Green are presented through a partnership with Tulsa Performing Arts Center Trust (TPACT). TPACT brings decades of experience in presenting music, theatre and performing arts to the public at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. At Guthrie Green, TPACT will work with other local producing and presenting organizations to provide a series of free music, theater and film events to the Tulsa community.
Guthrie Green in the News
The Tulsa Drillers’ Deck McGuire pitches against the Arkansas Travelers during their game at ONEOK Field on Friday. MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World