IFMA Tulsa’s November 2012 meeting was held outdoors at Guthrie Green. Guthrie Green is an urban garden and performance space in The Brady Arts District in downtown Tulsa. Guthrie Green is a showcase of “green” technology. All lighting on the site is LED, reducing the overall site demand for electricity.
Water runoff on the site is diverted to bio-swales, which help irrigate the landscape and clean the water before it enters the storm sewer. Solar panels on the roof of The Dock pavilion contribute to the overall demands of the park amenities.
The transformation of a former industrial site and freight yard into Guthrie Green was itself a “green” effort. As with many urban projects, the construction of Guthrie Green required negotiating the environmental impact of historic sites. Twelve rusting fuel tanks left on site from an old gas station were removed and the surrounding dirt was reclaimed.
Guthire Green was designed with the performing arts in mind and performing arts events will be presented through a partnership with Tulsa Performing Arts Center Trust (TPACT).
While Guthrie Green was the site of our luncheon meeting, our guest speaker, Delise Tomlinson, Executive Director of Downtown Development with the Tulsa Chamber spoke not only about Guthrie Green, but about all the other things going on in The Brady Arts District.
Highlights included the new headquarters for the News on 6 – KOTV, The Hardesty Arts Center (AHHA), the Brady Hotel Center and the Woody Guthrie Museum. In addition to these new facilities, The Brady Arts District has seen many new restaurants open in the area such as Hey Mambo and The Rusty Crane.