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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.

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 worked with architects Kinslow, Keith and Todd and theatre designers Schuler Shook to design a park that met 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.