Guthrie Green celebrates 10 years with free events | Music

guthrie Green opened in downtown Tulsa on September 7, 2012.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary, the park will host a series of events – film screenings, concerts, poetry readings and more – which are free and open to the public.

“I’m a big believer in Guthrie Green,” said Ken Levit, executive director of the George Kaiser Family Foundation. “I’m thrilled with what his past has been and what his future will be.”

The area where Guthrie Green now stands was once a former freight yard where there was also a petrol station and car park. In September 2012, the George Kaiser Family Foundation transformed the square block into a green space designed to serve as an urban center for the Tulsa community.

“That block was a parking lot, which is good if you’re a trucker, but it wasn’t great for serving Tulsa residents who wanted a more urban feel for their community,” Levit said. “The first major step we took as a foundation in this district was the creation of Guthrie Green.”

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The creators of Guthrie Green aimed to make the park a focal point of sustainability by implementing solar panels, a geothermal well field and LED lighting. It was also important to make Guthrie Green a place where the town could come together to hang out, listen to live music, take exercise classes and more. Since its opening, the park has hosted more than 3,000 events.

“Guthrie Green, 10 years later, has truly become the town square and has created momentum for arts, culture and celebration,” said Jeff Stava of the George Kaiser Family Foundation. “At our first holiday celebration, we had a mariachi band and hundreds of kids were here celebrating and dancing. It was the very first moment I realized that parks matter, place matters, culture, arts, celebration and being together matter.

Guthrie Green will be hosting various free events throughout September to commemorate the park’s first 10 years and celebrate what’s to come.

“The next 10 years, I think, will be even more exciting,” Levit said.

Food Truck Birthday Wednesday, September 7The first Food Truck Wednesday of the fall also falls on Guthrie Green’s 10th anniversary. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., head to Guthrie Green to enjoy a variety of food trucks and desserts from vendors like Manilla Ice, Pita Place, V’Fresco’s and more. The park will also offer live music, lawn games and birthday gifts for guests to enjoy. Be sure to grab a complimentary piece of birthday cake, courtesy of Antoinette Baking Co.

Film on the Green, September 8Head to the park on Thursday for a special presentation from OKPOP featuring “Danny Boy” O’Connor, owner of the Outsiders House Museum, and Dylan Brodie, producer of the hit TV series “Reservation Dogs.” Starting at 7 p.m., guests can enjoy a free screening of the latest episode of “Reservation Dogs.” Then stick around for a screening of “The Outsiders.” Free popcorn will be provided.

“It’s a big (event) because it’s being driven by Tulsa,” said Julie Badin, executive director of Guthrie Green, the Gathering Place and LowDown.

10 Year Celebration Concert, September 9From 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., guests can enjoy performances by American poet Joy Harjo, Parker Millsap and Samantha Crain, all from Oklahoma. Offers from local food trucks and snack vendors will also be available.

“I strongly believe that music brings people together, and this space is a working model of that concept,” said Julie Watson, co-executive producer of Live from Cain’s. “It’s community in action.”

Saturday Morning Cartoons, September 10Wearing pajamas is encouraged on this nostalgic Saturday morning. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Guthrie Green will have oversized beanbags and blankets strewn across the lawn for guests to relax in while enjoying a medley of Saturday morning cartoons past and present. A pancake artist will cook free pancakes, and kid-friendly lawn games and coloring activities will also be available.

Hip-Hop 918, September 18On Sunday, September 18 (918 Day), the park will host “Hip-Hop 918: Kickin’ It Old School.” The event, which lasts from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., will feature music and dance performances that pay homage to the hip-hop era of the late 80s and early 90s. The Sugar Hill Gang will be there to perform classic hits like “Rapper’s Delight” and “Apache.” Other performers include Melle Mel & Scorpio as well as British rapper Monie Love. Artists like Steph Simon and several other local rappers will perform.

“I look forward to more hip-hop, more performances…more (artists) in the Tulsa music community having this platform, whether it’s First Fridays, MayFest, or Hip-Hop 918,” said Simon. “I appreciate what Guthrie Green has brought to the table.”

For more information on Guthrie Green or his 10 year anniversary, visit guthriegreen.com.

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