Alaback Design Associates played a key role in the creation of a large-scale stormwater detention basin with-in one of Tulsa’s oldest parks. The site plan maximized the preservation of mature trees while achieving the required 58-acre feet of floodwater storage. A new Senior Center was proposed in the northwest corner of the park, with a large outdoor terrace that overlooks a scenic lake. The new lake creates a focal point in the center of the site, surrounded by boulder walls and native plantings that create a natural appearance.
Aeration fountains were also proposed to improve water quality and to add a dramatic attraction. A large open space is maintained on the south edge of the park for informal play. New trails were integrated throughout the park and adjacent to the lake to create opportunities for walking, jogging and biking.
Another major feature in the park is a 400-foot-long stream that terminates in a waterfall into the lake. Seating areas and a pedestrian bridge create opportunities for enjoying the scenic views. Landscaping throughout the park includes water-tolerant trees, shrubs and ornamental grasses to create a natural setting.
Centennial Park has won five prestigious design awards.
Location: Tulsa, OK
Client: Municipal Development