As a photographer, most people like to travel. It’s nice to get around and shoot places most people don’t get to see.
It has been discovered that even those who have lived in Tulsa, OK for 5 years or more may not have seen some of the local sites. With this in mind, I have decided to shoot some local areas and post those sites to my blog.
We will start with a very popular park located on 21st street and Peoria. This particular place has a lot of history and should be a “must see” to visitors for many reasons. The scenery is beautiful. The park itself has many areas with which to capture any visitor’s attention. It is conveniently located. It offer 34 acres, designated parking, bathrooms, drinking fountains, plenty of park benches in various areas, picnic tables, covered gazebo, swings for the children, and trails that wind down through a variety of trees, shrubs, and flowers. Woodward park is home to The Tulsa Garden Center. It also has a greenhouse located in back of and across the parking lot of the mansion which houses a few tropical plants and fountains for your educational and/or viewing pleasure. Beside this is the arboretum…which is also a convenient place to walk your dog.
The History of Woodward Park
“The city of Tulsa purchased a 45-acre tract of land in 1909 for $100 an acre from Herbert Woodward. This area, then called “Perryman’s pasture,” was part of a 160-acre allotment Helen Woodward, a Creek Indian had received from the Five Civilized Tribes Indian Commission. Helen was a minor when her father and guardian, Herbert Woodward, sold the land without her consent. She was fourteen.
In 1925 Hellen Woodward Slemp (Mrs. S. H. Slemp) decided to test the sale of her allotment. It became the subject of litigation in the Oklahoma Supreme Court. After four years of court battle, Mrs. Slemp lost her case to the City of Tulsa.
Today the 45-acre park boasts a wide variety of horticultural delights, including rock gardens, an English herb garden, a terraced Italian Renaissance rose garden, a Victorian conservatory (Lord and Burnham), a three-acre arboretum and an azalea garden.”
The statue is found at the northwest corner of the park near 21st and Peoria and can be viewed as Tulsans and visitors alike pass this way. Tulsa’s beautiful Woodward Park offers much to our local residents and visitors alike. It’s the perfect getaway for an hour or a day. You can study nature, relax on a blanket and read or watch the squirrels play, swing high as you did when you were a child and imaginations soared to the sky, or visit the rose garden, the mansion, the arboretum,bird sanctuary, or just go for a run….
The Route 66 Marathon that was ran this past October in 2011 had it’s 5k runners routed through this beautiful park with a band and a water station set up here too.
See if you can find this quote located in the park. William Shakespear even has a place here at Woodward Park…
It’s a beautiful setting in winter, spring, summer, or fall. Watch the daffodils, tulips, irises,roses and the azaelias bloom in the spring…. or watch the leaves fall from the oaks and the squirrels bury their cache….visit the reflection pools, fountains and gardens as often as you can…. you won’t regret it!