A ground breaking ceremony for the voter-approved Tower Center at Unity Square project is set for 11:30 a.m. on Friday, March 29.
The $1.7 million downtown community green space project was approved by voters in the 2018 General Obligation Bond Election. The space will be located between the Price Tower and the Community Center, and will be maintained and operated by both organizations. Silas Street in that area will be closed.
Last November, the City Council approved a concept design for the project, which includes the following features:
- A large multi-functional open lawn area on the west end of the space surrounded by trees and natural landscaped areas which is perfect for picnics, Frisbee, reading, relaxing, and other such activities
- A performance stage in the center of the space with restrooms and storage and an immediate lawn area that can comfortably accommodate over 400 people
- A centralized location for food truck service
- A centralized location for future interactive water fountains/public art feature within clear view of the performance stage and lawn area
- A more formal lawn area on the east end of the space adjacent to the Bartlesville Community Center which retains and repairs the existing fountain
- Natural rock, boulders, and native grasses will be located throughout the space providing opportunities to relax, play and interact
Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell, along with other dignitaries and community representatives, are expected to attend the groundbreaking ceremony at the site location. The public is invited to attend.