Truity Credit Union has donated $10,000 to the Tower Center at Unity Square, a community Green space that is currently under construction at the corner of Sixth Street and Dewey Avenue. Truity presented the check to the City Council during a regularly scheduled meeting Monday evening.
“We’re thrilled that the citizens of Bartlesville voted this in,” Truity CEO Dennis Halpin told the council. “We appreciate the opportunity to be a part of this project, which we think will be a great addition to the assets of the city and well-utilized by the citizens.”
Funding for the project, $1.75 million, was approved by voters in the 2018 General Obligation Bond Election. In addition to the public funding and Truity’s $10,000 donation, other funds for the project have been received from the Lyon Foundation ($250,000), ConocoPhillips ($100,000), Phillips 66 ($100,000), Parson Foundation ($60,000), Arvest Foundation ($10,000), Ascension St. John Jane Phillips ($10,000), the Curd Family ($5,000) and American Heritage Bank ($5,000). Leadership Bartlesville Class XXVII and Bartlesville Young Professionals also donated $21,200 to purchase and install musical sculptural instruments. Thanks to voters and private donations, the overall budget for the project currently stands at $2.3 million.
The space will feature a large multi-functional open lawn area, a performance stage and an immediate lawn area to accommodate more than 400 people, centralized locations for food truck service and the possible addition of interactive fountains and/or a public art feature in the future, a more formal lawn area adjacent to the Bartlesville Community Center that will retain the existing fountain, natural rock, boulders and native grasses throughout, restrooms and a storage facility.
The park is under construction and is expected to be substantially complete in January or February 2020.