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River City Park has been the flagship of the Sand Springs Parks Department since its inception. In 2016 the city began a $6 million renovation of the park with $4 million in Vision Tulsa funding and a $2 million donation from philanthropist and Sand Springs native, Mike Case of Case & Associates. The park celebrated its grand opening in September with an all-day Riverfest and was renamed Case Community Park.

Features

  • 100 acre grounds
  • Case Community Center
  • Jerry Adair Baseball Complex
  • Inez Kirk Soccer Complex
  • Will Ramsey Softball Complex
  • Rotary Super Splash Pad
  • 2 Playgrounds
  • Picnic Pavilions
  • 1.8 mile trail system
    • River City Trail stretches from the Case Community Center to the Arkansas River Bridge on Highway 97. 
    • The trail intersects with Katy Trail, connecting Sand Springs to more than 30 miles of interconnected Tulsa County trails.
  • RV Power Stations
  • Paved Parking
  • Amphitheater/Special Event Stage
  • Horseshoe Pits
  • 18 Hole Disc Golf Course
  • Volleyball Courts
  • Basketball Courts
  • Rodeo Arena
  • BMX Track
  • Harper's Hut Shaved Ice 

History

The park has hosted numerous events throughout the years. “Melody of Lights” Christmas light tour, the “Burning of the Trees” Christmas tree bonfire, the City Easter Egg Hunt, the Kelly Miller Circus, the SSPD Back-to-School Bash, the Fantasy Forest Halloween event, a Bald Eagle Festival, and the Labor Day Festival have been left in the past.

The Labor Day Festival ran for more than 30 years before its cancelation. Over the years it included rodeos, a Miss Labor Day Pageant, the Redneck Olympics, and parades.

The Will Ramsey Softball Fields are some of the oldest features of the park, first installed in 1974.

The River City Sports Complex was installed in 1981, including soccer fields and baseball fields.

Installed in July of 2000, the Sand Springs BMX Track is the only track in the Tulsa metro area. It is operated and maintained by the Sand Springs BMX Association.

In 1991 the Sand Springs Trail System was created to expand Katy Trail from Adams Road to Highway 97, then south to the Arkansas River Bridge. In 2004 the 1.8 mile River City Trail was completed, linking the trail across the bridge to the park entrance and back around to Katy Trail along the Sand Springs Expressway.

In 2007 the Case Community Center was built next to the park entrance with $4.2 million in bond money.

In the winter of 2007-2008 the park was closed for several months after a devastating ice storm left limbs and fallen trees littering the grounds.

The City received an anonymous $50,000 donation that was used to open a skate park next to the Community Center in 2010.

In 2015 Sand Springs was hit with its first tornado in town memory, devastating the Jerry Adair Baseball Park. The damage prompted a year-long renovation effort.

In 2016 construction began on a splash pad with a $60,000 donation from the Sand Springs Rotary Club.

In 2012 the City relocated a nine-hole disc golf course from Ray Brown Park to River City, and added alternate tees to play as a full-eighteen. The course originally played from near the skate park, down to the soccer fields, then back up to the skate park. It was again relocated in 2017 to the back of the park near the BMX track as part of the Case Community Park renovation.

The Red Shook Memorial Open Rodeo was hosted by the Sand Springs Round Up Club from 1979 till 2017. It was later rededicated as the Andy Downs Memorial Rodeo, and the in 2011 the Labor Day Weekend Rodeo was renamed the Red Shook Labor Day Rodeo. The Round Up Club was evicted from the River City grounds in 2017 due to lack of facility maintenance, low attendance, and lack of frequent events. The rodeo facility is slated to be demolished and replaced with a soccer field.

The Chamber of Commerce “Chillin’ and Grillin’ Festival” was relocated to Pogue Airport in 2017 due to River City construction, and the Sertoma Fireworks Show was cancelled for the first time since its inception in 1998. The Will Ramsey Softball Complex continues to host the annual Mayor’s Cup Softball Tournament, which benefits Sand Springs Community Services. The park has served as the launching point for the Great Raft Race since its inception, both during its original run, and its resurrection.

Photos

Studio 45 Architects plans for the new park.

Progress photos: August 26, 2017.

Progress photos: August 11, 2017.

Progress photos: July 29, 2017. 

Progress photos: June 30, 2017. Dozens of trees have been planted throughout the park. New horseshoe pits have been constructed. Progress is under way on the bathroom facilities and the new amphitheater. Playgrounds continue to improve. 

Progress photos: June 26, 2017. Out with the old, in with the new. The main entrance to the property is currently closed for construction. The Round Up Club is in their final season in River City, having been evicted at this week's City Council meeting. Visitors to the park must enter through the Jerry Adair Baseball Complex entrance.

Progress photos: April 08, 2017.

Progress photos: March 07, 2017.

Progress photos: February 17, 2017.

Progress photo: January 02, 2017.

Philanthropist Mike Case speaks at the Case Community Park groundbreaking ceremony.

Left to right: councilman Phil Nollan, councilman Brian Jackson, mayor Mike Burdge, mike case, pat case, councilwoman patty dixon, vice-mayor john fothergill, councilman beau wilson.

Mike and pat case donated $2 million to Sand Springs Park Friends for the river city renovation.

Case Community Park groundbreaking ceremony. Photo: October 18, 2016.

New Rotary Super Splash Pad. Photo: February 25, 2016.