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Inmates contribute to Tulsa park's widespread appeal

Friday, August 23, 2019

TULSA, Okla. -- Just minutes away from the towers and traffic, you will find an oasis of recreation, wellness and beauty. 

The Gathering Place is a dynamic, 100 acre destination along Tulsa’s waterfront. At the heart of the park – an unparalleled landscape experience.  

And many of the plants come from an unexpected place. Department of Corrections volunteer John Kahre said, “I think this is a very good project. I look forward to its success and continuation.”  

Inmates at Dick Conner Correctional Center in Hominy are responsible for planting, growing and nurturing many different plant species for the Gathering Place.  

This program is a partnership between the park, Department of Corrections and Tulsa Community College. Jeff Horvath from Tulsa Community College said, “Horticulture is a very tangible skill. They can get a job or even start their own company when they get out. It has a huge benefit for the inmates here."

Time magazine just put this park on its top 100 “world’s greatest places to experience.” It’s a gorgeous green space for guests to learn, explore and play. 

And the Gathering Place is providing opportunity for inmates who, just like the plants, are also eager to grow and flourish. 

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