QuikTrip Park Nearing Completion

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QuikTrip Park Nearing Completion

TULSA, Okla. -- Construction of a new park, being funded by QuikTrip Corp. to commemorate the chain’s 50th anniversary, is nearing completion. Crews hope to have QuikTrip Park completed by April, KJRH Channel 2 reported.

Years ago, the convenience store chain secured a parcel in River Parks and set out to create a family focused, fun destination. The signature plaza and playground is designed to be an innovative, unique outdoor environment for children, as well as a venue for special events serving the needs of the entire community, according to media reports.

Highlights of the $3 million project include an arbor entry, a children's fountain made up of 19 independent, computer-controlled, dancing water jets, and a series of five canal areas each providing a different interactive element for a variety of ages.

Construction of the park is behind schedule. QuikTrip officials wanted the park opened during their September 2008 50th anniversary, KJRH Channel 2 reported.

"It just took us nine months to get a permit from the state and that put us behind. Now, we are doing the finishing touches and getting ready to dedicate this," QuikTrip spokesman Mike Thornbrugh told the television station.

QuikTrip agreed to pay for the maintenance and upkeep of the park for 10 years. After that, the River Parks Authority will take over, the report stated.