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City Councilor Pushes for Rec Center Renewal

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Thousands of dollars will be spent on parks and recreation improvements in the city of Tulsa, but one city councilor hopes to see the money go toward some specific projects, in some specific areas.

For many in north Tulsa, the community could use some improvements. "I want these kids to have opportunities outside the four walls." North Tulsa resident, Linda Scott says, her passion is for children. That is why she says she supports revitalizing some of this area's common gathering spots. "A sense of community, because, when these rec centers are here, you know, these kids can go to the places where they can see people who care about them and will encourage them to be successful and take the next step," Scott said.

"Every meeting we've had, from the city asking the community what they wanted, that's what they wanted - was to save the rec centers, so, it's really a no brainer," said District 1 city councilor, Jack Henderson. Those gathering places, he says, are pressing needs.

Henderson wants the city to use a parks and recreation donation of around $700,000 to revive some of north Tulsa's old recreation centers - many of which, are slated for demolition.

The city had planned to put the money toward a master plan, funding projects across the entire city.

But Henderson says, some of the community needs in his district, just can't wait. "That's why the community is so dead-set on saying, 'These are things that we want and we use and would definitely benefit, helping us save these children.'"

A city council vote on Thursday night will decide the fate of that funding.

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