City agrees to let Franklin Park rec center remain for now
BY KEVIN CANFIELD World Staff Writer
Friday, August 03, 2012
8/03/12 at 11:10 AM
The city of Tulsa and residents suing the city to stop demolition of the Franklin Park recreation center agreed Friday to a temporary resolution of their dispute.
The plaintiffs dropped their petition for a restraining order against the city in return for the city's pledge to keep the park in its current state.
The agreement guarantees that no action will be taken on the matter before Tulsa County District Judge Carlos Chappelle rules of the plaintiffs' request for a temporary injunction to halt the demolition. A date for that hearing has not been scheduled.
Six Tulsans filed a lawsuit July 26 seeking an injunction to prevent the destruction of the center and a court order mandating that allocated tax dollars be used to improve it.
The lawsuit was filed two days after the city's Board of Adjustment rejected a modified site plan for the park, which is on 16 acres at 1818 E. Virgin St.
The Park and Recreation Department has said it plans to tear down dilapidated community centers and remove rundown swimming pools in several parks and replace them with amenities more conducive to self-directed activities.
The city began demolition Tuesday on the Turner Park recreation center at 3503 E. Fifth Place.