THE NATE WATERS MEMORIAL GROVE
in partnership with The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges
THE WOUNDED VETERANS MEDITATION GARDEN
THE NANCY & RAYMOND FELDMAN SENSORY ZONE
A New Leaf
Conservation Coalition of OK
Green Country Sierra Club
OK Native Plant Society
OK Nature Conservancy
Tulsa Audubon Society
Up With Trees
THE BROOK & JILL TARBEL MEMORIAL PARK
& TREE FOR ALL
Sometimes, things don't turn out the way you expect them to...but sometimes, they have a way of turning out a whole lot better! Tree For All started as a simple idea - to build an accessible tree house in memory of the Tarbels - but will soon become a destination worthy of national attention.
Chandler Park, 192 wooded acres, is located on a hilltop in west Tulsa County and will soon be home to The Brook & Jill Tarbel Memorial Park and Tree For All project. The project includes The Nate Waters Memorial Grove, The Nancy and Raymond Feldman Musical Sensory Zone, and The Wounded Veterans Meditation Garden, all connected to each other by way of an accessible 8' wide paved and curbed trail, "The Spirit Walkway". In addition, interpretive displays will be mounted along the walkway representing each of our seven conservation partners. And then, of course, there's the centerpiece of our project, Tree For All.
Our tree house, Tree For All, designed by Tulsa architect Michael Birkes, will be a stunning 40' diameter platform nestled in the canopy of old Oaks, rising some 20' from the ground, and accessed by a 30' long expansion bridge off the cliff's edge on the north face of Chandler Park. A place once inaccessible to all but a few, will soon be accessible to everyone, regardless of ability.
10/26/1924 - 05/22/2011 08/25/1924 - 01/22/2009
"Design should be humane, sensitive, reflective of the surround-ing environment and positively influence the people that interact with the design." (Travis Eslick, Donor Partner, Tree For All Rendering)
Tulsa County Parks
Michael Birkes, Architect
Robert Richardson, Howell & Vancuren
After a plane crash in 1969 that left Brook Tarbel paralyzed, this businessman and community leader made it his life's mission to improve and enhance the lives of men, women and children facing the challenges of a disability. It was no wonder, then, that he should meet his wife, Jill, during his years of advocacy. She, herself, stricken with Polio when she was 13, had been an activist for accessibility and inclusion most of her life. While both were truly genuine and caring people, she was lovingly described as "dauntless and unrelenting," while he was described as "determined and impassioned." People listened while this couple united to open this city to everyone, effecting change through education, compassion and respect.
They taught us that it is, in fact, inaccessible environments that create disability by creating barriers to participation and inclusion. It is our hope that Tree For All will stand for generations to come as not only a memorial to Brook and Jill, but as a testament to what can be achieved when everyone works together for a common cause, just as Brook and Jill did all those years together. The Brook & Jill Tarbel Memorial Park will be a culmination of all that we have learned from them.