GKFF is investing in a number of revitalization projects in the Brady District as part of its mission to enhance the quality of life in Tulsa and spur economic development in the core of the city.
The economic and community strength of the greater Tulsa region is important to GKFF. Although addressing the needs of children and families affected by poverty will continue to be GKFF's foremost priority, the overall vitality of the community and quality of life for residents is also important. For this reason, select investments are being made in the areas of civic enhancement, economic development, beautification and the arts.
Current initiatives in this area include:
Arkansas River Trails Enhancement Project
GKFF has been a major contributor to River Parks, a public and private partnership that supports improvements to the Arkansas River in Tulsa and related trails and park. Through its contributions, GKFF has supported development of more than 26 miles of asphalt-surfaced trails that weave past gathering areas, playgrounds, fountains and sculptures along the banks of the river. In addition, the Foundation provided a $1.5 million grant to upgrade the entrance to the 300-acre Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness, including parking, climbing boulders and walkways leading to the main trail. The heavily wooded wilderness area has miles of winding dirt trails and two large ponds.
Kendall-Whittier Neighborhood Development
Inspired by the success of the Harlem Children’s Zone and the overall national movement toward neighborhood revitalization, GKFF is leading a place-based initiative to revitalize at-risk neighborhoods. The goal of the initiative is to create a pipeline from birth to college to career by establishing a comprehensive network of wraparound services for neighborhood children and their families.