River Parks board supports Vision2 quality-of-life package
BY KEVIN CANFIELD World Staff Writer
Thursday, October 11, 2012
10/11/12 at 2:37 PM
The River Parks Authority board of trustees voted Thursday to endorse the Vision2 quality-of-life proposal set to go to voters Nov. 6.
Authority Chairman James McCarthy said after the meeting that study after study has shown that building low-water dams would benefit the river and residents' quality of life.
“We need to quit studying it and just do it,” McCarthy said.
The city of Tulsa has said it would dedicate $71 million of its Vision2 quality-of-life funding for development and improvement of low-water dams in the Arkansas River.
River Parks Authority maintains and operates Zink Dam, which would receive $41 million of the city’s Vision2 funding.
River Parks’ trust indenture prohibits it from taking a position on the first Vision2 proposition.
Trustee Don Walker abstained from the vote. Walker is co-chairman of the Vision2 campaign.
Vision2 includes two propositions totaling $748 million.
Proposition 1 would provide $386 million for economic development, such as improvements to key industrial sites at Tulsa International Airport and a $50 million closing fund to offer final incentives to companies considering locating in the area.
Proposition 2 would provide local communities and Tulsa County a total of $361.9 for quality-of-life projects.
Read more on this story in Friday's Tulsa World.