City of Owasso Quality of Life Initiative Plan Wikiplanning On-Line Civic Engagement Campaign 92 Day Project, concluded July 16, 2010
City of Owasso Quality of Life Initiative Plan Wikiplanning On-Line Civic Engagement Campaign
Contents Section 1: Executive Summary
Section 2: Survey Data
Section 3: Comment Log from the Discussion Board
Section 4: Picture Log and Comments
Section 5: Invitation Strategy
City of Owasso Quality of Life Initiative Plan On-Line Civic Engagement Process Section 1:
On April 14, 2010, Wikiplanning, an online site for civic engagement, went live and allowed the citizens of the City of Owasso the opportunity to participate in their city’s Quality of Life Initiative Plan Project in the comfort of their homes or offices, or wherever they had access to the internet. The Wikiplanning project included seven units of background content on various quality of life issues, an online survey, a discussion board or blog, and picture postings. Three previously completed land use plans were also available for viewing. After 92 days of online availability that ended on July 16, 2010, Wikiplanning proved to be an effective way of reaching hundreds of residents and gaining their input into their city’s Quality of Life Initiative Plan process. At the close of the civic engagement campaign, there had been 812 distinct logins to the Wikiplanning project site and over 450 people had left their opinions about the quality of life in Owasso. SURVEY Survey questions were developed in collaboration with the City of Owasso Planning Department, Alaback Design, the city’s planning consultant and Wikiplanning staff in hopes of gaining public input into the values the plan was being built upon and alternatives that were being considered. The goal was not to have local residents choose between planning scenarios, but rather express their opinions about the future development of Owasso in terms of quality of life attributes. In doing so, the intent was to help participants better understand how their perspective ranked relative to others. To accomplish that, all individual survey responses were immediately aggregated and viewable on the Wikiplanning website allowing real time access to the constantly evolving public commentary. Although final analysis was handled by the City of Owasso Planning Department and Alaback Design, some trend analysis based on the commonality of key words and phrases offers insight into the subjects mattering most to residents, and that information can be found in the Comment Log Section of this report. DISCUSSION BOARD Embedded in the survey were two open-ended essay questions seeking information on the City of Owasso’s assets and challenges. The answers to these questions appeared on the Discussion Board where additional comments could also be left. All citizen comments were immediately posted on the Wikiplanning website allowing real time access to the accruing public commentary. (See Section three of this report for a complete listing of these comments.) PICTURE POSTINGS Project participants uploaded 20 images to the Photo Posting Activity. Participants were asked to post photos that they felt embodied both Owasso’s assets and challenges. Other participants were encouraged to post comments relative to the previously posted images, and several did so. All of the uploaded photos and their related comments can be found in Section Four of the report.
City of Owasso Quality of Life Initiative Plan Wikiplanning On-Line Civic Engagement Campaign Section 2:
The Project contained a comprehensive survey, and as previously mentioned, almost 550 participants submitted their responses. The results of that survey can be found below. Note: Percentages do not always equal 100%, as some questions were not answered on all surveys. OWASSO QUALITY OF LIFE SURVEY The Owasso Quality of Life Initiative is in the early planning stages. This important citizen driven project will identify quality of life elements needed for Owasso to become an attractive, sustainable and livable community for future generations. One of the first steps in this process is to understand the needs, desires, and concerns of Owasso's citizens. Let us know how you feel by answering these 27 simple questions. (Current survey results will be provided after you submit your responses.) For the first six questions please consider the current conditions in Owasso, and rate the following items (with 5 being excellent and 1 being very poor).
Average rank 1 2
1. Community appearance
(3.6) Average rank 1 2
2. Community atmosphere
(3.7) Average rank 1 2
3. Housing choices
(4.1) Average rank 1 2
4. Parks and recreation
(2.9) Average rank 1 2
5. Roads and streets
(2.9) Average rank 1 2
7. From the following list, please identify the FIVE most important reasons you choose to live or work in Owasso. Neighborhoods / Housing Availability Quality of Schools Churches / Faith Communities Parks and Trails Youth Sports Facilities Shopping and Dining Cultural Facilities Proximity to Work / Low Traffic Congestion Affordability / Low Taxes Health Care Safety / Low Crime Rate Proximity to Tulsa Family Oriented / Friendly Atmosphere
56.0% 76.4% 24.4% 8.1% 27.6% 31.0% 0.2% 41.7% 21.8% 5.8% 65.5% 58.1% 66.3%
(278) (379) (121) (40) (137) (154) (1) (207) (108) (29) (325) (288) (329)
8. Riding a bicycle along Owasso's arterial streets is easy and feels safe. Strongly Agree Agree Not Sure Disagree Strongly Disagree
3.4% 8.9% 30.8% 32.7% 24.0%
(17) (44) (153) (162) (119) 495 (496)
9. Streets in Owasso should be designed to accommodate pedestrians and bikes, as well as vehicles. Strongly Agree Agree Not Sure Disagree Strongly Disagree
40.5% 35.9% 11.9% 8.5% 2.8%
(201) (178) (59) (42) (14) 494 (496)
10. Additional walking paths or trails are needed in Owasso to better connect neighborhoods, parks, schools and activity centers. Strongly Agree Agree Not Sure Disagree Strongly Disagree TOTAL
49.0% 35.1% 8.7% 5.8% 1.0% 99.6%
(243) (174) (43) (29) (5) 494 (496)
11. Owasso needs a festival area to accommodate special events, concerts, art shows, farmersâ€™ market, etc. Strongly Agree Agree Not Sure Disagree Strongly Disagree TOTAL
42.5% 38.5% 9.1% 8.1% 1.4% 99.6%
(211) (191) (45) (40) (7) 494 (496)
12. Owasso needs additional cultural facilities such as a museum, performing arts center or multi-purpose events building. Strongly Agree Agree Not Sure Disagree Strongly Disagree TOTAL
23.8% 32.5% 21.0% 18.1% 3.6% 99.0%
(118) (161) (104) (90) (18) 491 (496)
13. Owasso needs to expand youth sports facilities and fields in order to enhance the overall team sport experience and attract regional sporting events and tournaments. Strongly Agree Agree Not Sure Disagree Strongly Disagree TOTAL
49.2% 20.0% 18.3% 9.3% 2.6% 99.4%
(244) (99) (91) (46) (13) 493 (496)
14. Which of the following youth sports fields are most in need of expansion? (1 being greatest need and 5 being least need.) Average rank 1 2 Soccer Fields Football Fields Baseball Fields Softball Fields Other
5 (3.2) (2.6) (2.6) (3.0) (3.2)
15. Owasso needs additional park land to support the recreational needs of its citizens. Strongly Agree Agree Not Sure Disagree Strongly Disagree TOTAL
35.5% 42.1% 16.7% 4.4% 0.6% 99.4%
(176) (209) (83) (22) (3) 493 (496)
16. Owasso needs a lake or large water feature. Strongly Agree Agree Not Sure Disagree Strongly Disagree TOTAL
25.2% 29.2% 21.4% 16.5% 7.3% 99.6%
(125) (145) (106) (82) (36) 494 (496)
17. More street trees and landscaping along major roads and highways are needed to enhance community appearance. Strongly Agree Agree Not Sure Disagree Strongly Disagree
21.4% 40.3% 17.5% 15.1% 4.4%
(106) (200) (87) (75) (22) 490 (496)
18. More landscaping should be incorporated into commercial and office developments to make Owasso a more attractive community and enhance the shopping experience. Strongly Agree Agree Not Sure Disagree Strongly Disagree
19.6% 46.2% 15.3% 15.3% 3.4%
(97) (229) (76) (76) (17) 495 (496)
19. An identity feature or gateway element is needed, that would make Owasso stand apart from other communities. Strongly Agree Agree Not Sure Disagree Strongly Disagree
19.6% 30.8% 23.4% 19.2% 6.9%
(97) (153) (116) (95) (34) 495 (496)
20. Owasso needs more recreation and entertainment features to attract young professionals. Strongly Agree Agree Not Sure Disagree Strongly Disagree
38.5% 40.9% 10.5% 7.7% 1.4%
(191) (203) (52) (38) (7) 491 (496)
21. Owasso should be a community that promotes healthy lifestyles, fitness and wellness for its citizens. Strongly Agree Agree Not Sure Disagree Strongly Disagree
50.8% 39.3% 6.5% 2.0% 0.6%
(252) (195) (32) (10) (3) 492 (496)
22. Owasso should be a community that respects our environment, promotes energy conservation efforts, and encourages recycling. Strongly Agree Agree Not Sure Disagree Strongly Disagree
44.8% 45.0% 6.9% 1.0% 1.8%
(222) (223) (34) (5) (9) 493 (496)
23. Measures should be taken to improve the architecture of new buildings to enhance the community's image, especially in highly visible areas. Strongly Agree Agree Not Sure Disagree Strongly Disagree
29.8% 45.2% 13.3% 8.7% 2.4%
(148) (224) (66) (43) (12) 493 (496)
24. Without compromising roads and basic utilities, Owasso should prioritize developing amenities that will attract high paying jobs, encourage citizens to stay, and make our children feel this is a place where they want to raise their families. Strongly Agree Agree Not Sure Disagree Strongly Disagree
45.0% 44.6% 6.7% 2.0% 0.8%
(223) (221) (33) (10) (4) 491 (496)
25. From the following list of recreational facilities, which would you be most likely to use? (Rank those that apply with 1 being most likely for you to use and 5 being least likely for you to use.) Average rank 1 2 Passive or Natural Parks Walking Paths / Trails Youth Sports Facilities Children's Play Areas Picnic Areas Dog Park On street bicycle routes Swimming Pools Splash Pad / Water Playground Outdoor Amphitheater Festival / Events Park Alternative Recreation (Skate Park, BMX Bicycles, Climbing Features, etc.) Tennis Courts Community Lake / Fishing Disc (Frisbee) Golf
5 (3.2) (2.7) (2.1) (2.9) (3.4) (3.6) (3.1) (2.6) (3.2) (3.3) (3.1) (3.5) (3.3) (3.1) (3.5)
City of Owasso Quality of Life Initiative Plan Wikiplanning On-Line Civic Engagement Campaign Section 3:
Participants posted comments in response to two specific survey questions which required essay answers. The questions and number of comments posted for each was... ď‚ˇ
In your opinion, what are the things about Owasso that make it a great place to live, work or visit? 143 comments posted
If you could change ONE thing about Owasso to make it a better community, what would it be? 394 comments posted
Each Question (and presentation) and their associated comments appear below. For the comments regarding Owasso Assets and Challenges, a Major Word/Phrase Occurrence Matrix precedes the comments to aid in analytical understanding. Participants were also given the opportunity to post comments under eight General Topic Message Boards. These comments can be found following the survey essay responses and have not received Major Word/Phrase Occurrence treatment. Note: Participant responses appear as originally posted, with no spelling or grammatical changes. In your opinion, what are the things about Owasso that make it a great place to live, work or visit? Major Word/Phrase Occurrences Community
* all the sports they have to keep kids out of trouble are great we need to built more youth sports and parks for the kids to keep fit,healthy and most of all to keep there mines on a sport like.....football... * All the youth sports/activities Owasso has to offer. * atomosphere people caring about and helping people * Avilability of sufficient options for health care, shopping and safe neighborhoods make Owasso an attractive destination to live. * Being able to shop without driving to Tulsa. Being able to have sports facilities for youth and not having to drive back to Tulsa after work for practice or games. * can get all shopping done here except Sam's club * Central location * city of character with community and family friendly businesses and services * Clean overall appearance. Great schools, good youth sports, close to Tulsa, Low crime rate, shopping is good. * Clean, low crime, nice housing, property values, close to Tulsa, nice shopping and eating choices. * Close enough to Tulsa to have access to there ammities. Seems to be a lot of community pride in Owasso. * Close proximity to Tulsa. Great schools. Great shopping * close proximity to Tulsa(Jobs/shopping/medical facilities that are not found in Owasso), close proximity to several area lakes and camping sites, small town atmosphere, fairly clean in most public areas, my family and i rarely need to go to Tulsa since most things/services can be found in Owasso. * Community feeling * community of people who don't hesitate to help others in need * Community support, rec sports, churches, small town feel with a big town appeal. * Convenience * convienance of a big city without the traffic & crime issues of a big city. * Crime rate is low, excellent schools, family oriented atmosphere, shopping and dining. * Don't need to go to Tulsa everything you need is in Owasso. * - ease of shopping- diverse religious organizations- relatively safe ( thank you OPD and OFD )
- relatively good traffic flow * Even though the city keeps growing, every where you go you meet someone you know. I love the shopping, dining, and community relations. * Excellent Schools * Excellent schools and police and fire departments. * family and children focus * Family atmosphere. Community Events. Good Schools. * Family friendly atmosphere, "laid back" attitude, unique identity ( Not another south Tulsa neighborhood ), Schools * Family, safe, peaceful. shopping, location, & schools * Friendly * friendly people, safe place to live, great schools, shopping, resturants,sports * Friendly, family oriented community * friendly,close to tulsa * Good schools and youth activities. * Good Schools Low Crime Great Youth Sports * Good schools, affordability, nice place to raise a family, and we are gradually getting all the amenities of a big city. Why go elsewhere? (Although we really could use a good bookstore, like Barnes & Noble, and a good used bookstore, like Gardner's in Tulsa.) * Good schools, nice community * Great community, good people. * Great people * Great place to raise family. Good schools. Good police protection. * Great school system, close to large city, good shopping and dining
* Great schools and low crime rate * Great schools, safe environment. Still has many rural elements. * Great sense of community. Owasso still has the feel of a small town, but the amenities of a larger city. The school system provides a quality education with many choices for our children, and equips them for college. City Government is forward thinking. * great shopping alternatives * I always loved Owasso, because I lived here as a child. My girls all graduated from Owasso High School, and now my grandchildren all go to Owasso Schools. It's the best teachers and education around. It's a town that everyone cares about everyone. * I am a lifetime resident of this area and am disappointed in the type of progress this city has chosen. It is nice not to have to travel to Tulsa to shop for most things however we are lacking the appeal to children and teenager activities. We need more practice areas for the younger and pre*high school children's sports activities. * I appreciate our dedication to safety and security of our town. The OPD are clearly visible and always willing to assist. The OFD is also appreciated for their visibility and desire to assist the community. * I became attracted to Owasso for the ease of shopping. Owasso has almost every shopping retailer which we shop. Has a good range of food retailers as well. Question 27 has my answer for improvement. * I can afford to own a home here in a decent neighborhood! * I feel that Owasso is a very safe community and a great place to raise a family. * I have lived in Owasso for 11 years now, and I couldn't imagine living anywhere else. I am proud to say that I live in Owasso because it is friendly, clean, and an overall great place to raise my family. I am happy to say that Owasso is home. * I like most of the people. The convience around town for shopping, dining, or just a daily drive is great. And to top it all off we are centered to the area lakes, Tulsa and major highways for travel.I for one love it. * I like that my family and I feel safe here for the most part. I love the convinience of shopping and dining which makes for less frequent trips to Tulsa. Which I hate! I like the sense of community that still exists here, even with our growth. When that starts to dwindle and we become more like Tulsa, I'm afraid that's when my family will leave. * I love Owasso because it has strong family roots and is a safe community. * I love shopping in Owasso because you can get (nearly) anything that you need and you don't have to travel to crime ridden Tulsa to purchase quality items. * I love the family atmosphere of Owasso. I wouldn't want to raise my children anywhere else.
* I love the family*friendly atmosphere and the small town feel with out having to be too far away from everything. I love the sports community and the great school district. * I love the focus on children and family in Owasso. I think the more things we have for families and children, the stronger our community becomes, and the more likely families will stay in Owasso. * I love the small community feel. I love the schools. * I love the small town atmosphere and the schools. Since I'm in sales I travel all over the area and most people tell me they love Owasso because of the restaurants and shopping * I think the white fencing down the sides of Hwy 169 looks great. I think it needs to be extended down the service road from Children's Depot, down that hill * it is still like a small town with some city qualities * It is a well-planned community and it has attracted a wide variety of enterprises and families to it. It is still a safe community and has proximity to many out-lying areas. * It's a good sized town, with small town community and feel, and feels safe. * It's basically a new town. Clean and good shopping. * It's not Tulsa - not as much crime, traffic, not quite as many potholes, yet has plenty of shopping (need a bookstore, though) and restaurants. * IT's close to Tulsa, it has safe streets and sidewalks, it has great shopping, wonderful restaraunts, and it still has a small town charm. * Its still small but still has some ammenties of being in a larger town. * It's very quiet and every neighbor we've had has been wonderful. I'm so glad we now have places to shop and eat now. I am so happy that I don't have to go to Tulsa that often and that our money stays in our community. * I've lived in Owasso area my whole life my, my children graduated here so the schools are good close to work, the youth sports programs are top notch, High school programs are competive. There are plenty of places to shop and eat for visitors. * Just moved here, chose Owasso for the family centric amenities, good schools, safety record, and shopping amenities. We're not Tulsa or Broken Arrow and we shouldn't try to be. Keep focusing on these things that make Owasso a great place to live & raise a family. We can drive to a museum or cultural center, focus on things that enhance our neighborhoods and schools. * Lack of crime, slums, and homeless shelters. I love owasso and want to keep our city clean. * Like the small community feel with the close proximity to Tulsa. * Lived here since 1968, so we must like it here. We like the small hometown feeling, and we are glad
we do not have to go to Tulsa for shopping anymore. Glad all of my grandchildren are attending Owasso schools and are in sports which they love. * Location * Love the shopping, schools, family community!!!! Grew up in Owasso, went out of state to College, but told my husband this is where we will raise our family!!!! * Low crime, great environment * Most of what I need is right here. * Moved here in 1990 because it prices where good and it was close to highways so easy access to Tulsa and area lakes. As our family grew, schools, parks and sports facilities became more important and Owasso grew with us. Love the expansion of shopping and entertainment over the last few years. Now that easy access to Tulsa has moved to the bottom of our list as we have most everything we need right here. * My family moved to Owasso almost five years ago to be closer to our family business that we own in the city of Owasso. I was hesitant to move from my husband and mine's home town where my in*laws resided. We had no connection to Owasso other then our new business. However, it did not take long for us to feel welcomed and at home. As a child I moved frequently attending 13 different schools over my education career and I have to say Owasso is a community to root a family in. I am fullfilled by all the Owasso has to offer as a mother, wife, professional and under 40 active individual. I commute everyday via Hwy 75 to work in Tulsa during the work week but find very little reason to return to Tulsa for anything once I make it home. We venture outside of Owasso generally on the weekends to various surrounding communities for baseball tournaments or to one of the beautiful area lakes. I thank the Owasso city officials and workers who pride themselves on keeping a beautiful community to live and flourish. * My wife and I are young and have spent extensive time in OKC/Norman (both OU grads), lived in Bartlesville for several years and moved to Owasso in 2008. Overall we like it, it is clean, there is enough shopping we can stay here (most of the time) and there is a fair amount of food choices. We also like the overall feel of the community, more educated and upscale than other towns or areas. * Need more local manufacturing jobs. Less housing and more outdoor activities for our kids. Please, no more golf coarses. Our kids are our future. * Nice people and families. I love the sports programs and how they really want the kids to suceed. It's housing is really nice. But overall I would live here and raise my family. * OPD and safety, shopping and dining choices, quality of the schools * open space * Owasso has a small town feel, with great schools, low crime, no gangs, and community activities. My neighbors are the best! I hope we keep this feel and do not sacrifice it just for the sake of growth. Too much growth will take away the positives of Owasso. * Owasso has a small town feel with good amenities.
* Owasso has a strong pride in the town, schools and growth. My children have attended Owasso schools, they have had fantastic opportunities to grow acedemically as well as through outside school. My extended family prefers to come to Owasso to meet us for dinner, or to shop, due to the choices and ease of navigation. * Owasso has great people whose values reflect family and community. We have a great school system. When we were looking for a home to purchase 26 years ago, I am so thankful that we chose Owasso to raise our family. Owasso has the small town feel but we also have all that we need without having to go to Tulsa... And I am thankful for that. I am happy to live out my years in my home townOwasso and I am proud. * Owasso has a wonderful school system, variety of shopping and is a short drive to Tulsa. * Owasso has great schools and teachers that really work to give the students a great education! * Owasso is a clean, inexpensive community close to Tulsa. * Owasso is a family oriented town that is friendly and safe to live in. It focuses on family and religion. It is the closest thing to "Mayberry" with the city amenities without the city worries. * Owasso is a family oriented, safe place to live. The schools are wonderful and the people are friendly. Nearly everything you need (except a bookstore) can be found without leaving town. People still look out for each other and remember what the word neighbor means. And we are a community who looks toward the future, wanting to be inclusive and accepting, to provide the best home possible for ourselves and future generations. * Owasso is a great community that has lots to offer its citizens and anyone who visits. * Owasso is a great family focused community with reputable schools and inherent strong values that are a credit to the Parents, Teachers, and Leaders that live and work within our community. * Owasso is a great place to live due to its schools and great families. There is a great christain culture here and its seen in the families that live here and throughout the school system. * Owasso is a town built on strong family values and you see this imbedded in the school system, churches, businesses,etc. Community growth does appear to be affecting this, however. * Owasso is a very "convenient" town. Shops and restaurants are close. * Owasso is a very friendly, family oriented community where it's citizens look out for each other and take pride in local education and sporting events * Owasso is becoming a big city but still has the small town attiude...I love it !!! * Owasso is such a beautiful place to live, work, play and to simply enjoy what life has to offer. I love the amount of recreational facilities that are available to everyone of all ages. If outdoors isn't your style, Owasso also has an abundance of fantastic shopping. Owasso also offers plenty of Garages to service your vehicle with a Chevy dealership right here in Owasso. The housing is wonderful and offers something for everyone in all price ranges. Owasso is very safe place to live too. I feel safe leaving my windows open at night and to leave my garage door open all day. How many cities can say that! We also have the best schools! Especially for special needs children. The services the the Owasso Public School system has to offer is amazing.I could go on and on. I just really love living here!
*Owasso is still a safe place to live and work. We didn't lock our doors for years after moving to Owasso, now we lock everything even our yards. Given the choice we would still choose OWASSO as the safest city in the area. We have some of the finest Fireman, Police and City workers in our great state. We appreciate each and ever one of you. Keep up the good work. * Owasso now offers enough retail options so that my trips into Tulsa are less frequent. * Owasso Sports and the friendly atmosphere. * Owasso's people make it a great place to live. It has a great combination of responsible, hard working, and proactive citizenry that have a healthy dose of common sense. Everywhere you go people seem to be respectful of you and that makes it a pleasure to live here. The city planning is evident in Owasso's past development. The city has plenty of shopping that is easy to access and there is relatively little congestion compared to the size the city has grown to. In addition, the close proximity to Tulsa provides you with a great combination of small town life with big city adventures when desired. * Owasso's school system was a huge motivator for my family to move here. We have all the shopping, restaraunts, etc. that we need, and do not have to drive to Tulsa now. It is convenient to drive to Tulsa for work. * People seem willing to discuss changes for the betterment of the community. * Rejoice Church, people, close to Tulsa, school reputation * Safe and positive environment to raise a family. * safe, friendly people, nice place to raise family * Safe. Lot's of church choices. Good schools * Safe place to live. Good schools. Good people. Great shopping. Good resturants. * Safety and great schools * Safety is a major concern, as well as the small town atmosphere. It is important to keep that feeling no matter how large Owasso grows. * Safety, closeness to Tulsa, desire to grow, community involvement (it feels like a close community). * Schools and shopping * schools and the people * Schools, shopping dining * Schools, traffic flow, proximity to Tulsa, safety, Centennial Park
* Sense of little crime and something for the kids to be involved in * sense of pride living here * Shopping * Shopping, health care and community spirit * Shopping, Location, and History * Small community atmosphere, lots of shopping close by. * Small community atmosphere. * small town * Small town atmosphere with access to shopping and restaurants. * Small town atomosphere, great youth sports. * Small town feel and atmosphere with everything to offer that you drive to the big city for. * Small town feel with some of the amenities of Tulsa. Good school system. Low cost of living. * Small town feel! * small town feel. * Small town with big ideas! Now listen to those that live here and not just the business leaders because we out number them. * Still a "community" feel instead of a "metropolitan" feel. Faith based environment is important * The churches, family oriented, good school system, low crime rate. * The community is a very family oriented environment. Schools are fantastic. We have lived here six years and have been very happy here. * The community is very family focused. * The friendliness of the people. * the friendly community atmosphere, low crime rate and proximity to tulsa are what make owasso a great place to live.
* The drive to Tulsa is somewhat "low traffic," although it is rapidly getting more and more congested. But compared to other communities outside of Tulsa, the distance/drive is not too bad. There are great restaurants and shopping. We love that it is not too crowded. Driving around town in rush hour is high traffic, but not unbearable.The housing is more affordable than compared to South Tulsa. The people are friendly....it is a Christian-based community which is very important. Owasso offers a variety of sports (not the school system but I'm referring to the organized sports for youth such as soccer, baseball, softball outside of school.) It is a safe place to live. When my relatives come to visit, they comment on how clean and nice the Walmart and shopping areas are, and that they are not overly crowded, which is a major plus. (Cleanliness, safety, not overcrowded, variety of stores....) This sets Owasso apart from so many other cities in OK and cities in Texas for that matter. * The great Pride of the Owasso Rams, that the parents, players, & students show @ all events. The school systems that continue to encourage ALL of our young children to make the best of their education & the most of it while they are young. And finally all the choices of shopping selections. * The over all community, shopping, and eateries. * The people and the amentities. * The people and the community * the people are very friendly.The schools are very nice and easily accessible except for access to the MidHigh during the mornings because of traffic congestion. It would be nice to have a larger library, a bookstore and a Red Lobster Restaurant. I LOVE OWASSO and REASORS!!! :) * The people make Owasso the best. * The people * The people here in Owasso are very nice. * The people make Owasso the best. * The reason we moved back here was the schools. There are many things I do not like about the "new" Owasso, but the quality of the schools is hard to beat. * THE SCHOOL SYSTEM and FRIENDLY PEOPLE * The schools and safety of the city. I grew up here and want my children to have the same experience. The new shopping centers and hospitals make it less likely that I will have to drive to Tulsa to get something. Convenience is key. * The schools and the friendly people. * the schools are great, it is very family oriented, it's safe and the commute to work is easy. * The sense of community that is abundant amoung the citizens of Owasso. * The small town feel with the conveniences of a city.
*This community is an awesome place to live. Our choices of shopping has grown tremendously along with our dining choices. * to live...Schools, shopping, friendly people * To me, Owasso feels like a safe, family*oriented, faith*based community where I can raise my children, knowing that they are getting a quality education in the public school system. Owasso has the shopping and dining that Tulsa offers, without the traffic and much of the crime that a big city has. * Very Safe * walking trails * We don't have to worry if our children are outside playing with their friends are are out of eye site. Also, if we forget to lock the cars at night we aren't concerned that they will be broken into by criminals. * We have a growing sense of community and tremendous pride in our town. * We love Owasso because it has that small town feeling, but we have everything except a bookstore that big towns have. Shopping, restaurants, great teachers, activities for our kids (though we do need better facilities), churches that actually work together to provide for our community, and great people. We feel safe here and feel like others care about us and our family. * we love the atmosphere of Owasso. Our kids play their sports in Owasso and do not have to drive all over to other towns to play, a big plus compared to where we came from. The baseball fields are very well maintained and very well run. * We love the hometown pride and atmosphere of the people here. The schools are one thing that was a deciding factor for us moving here. Wish there were anothere high school though. * We now have enough shopping available without going to Tulsa, there is little traffic in Owasso, lots of streets to get around in, very friendly community. * We still have the small town atmisphere and most of the aminities of a city. I think that before we go spending money on parks and such we should make sure that we are able to retain the teachers nessasary for every grade of school in our town. * When shopping I really have no reason to go into Tulsa, however I wished we more then one sports store. * Youth/ family oriented
If you could change ONE thing about Owasso to make it a better community, what would it be? Major Word/Phrase Occurrences
All Traffic related*
All pedestrian related*
Afford (able, ability)
*Traffic related includes...traffic, congestion, roads, streets, potholes, four lanes *Pedestrian related includes...pedestrian, walk(ing), sidewalk(s)
* "The traffic lights are awful. I have seen people run red lights from a dead stop because they were tired of waiting for the lights to change ... no one was in the oncoming*green lighted lanes. It is
frustrating." " Better traffic planning....proactive versus reactive. For example, with all the new development out at Stone Canyon, the traffic will only increase. How long until 76th street gets expanded to four lanes. Also 96th St Westbound turning into the Smith Farm shopping complex (Target, Belk, etc) is horribly designed, thus restricting movement westbound on 96th St even at off peak times." "DO NOT BUILD ANY ADDITIONAL APARTMENTS IN THE OWASSO AREA. The Building Association has done a great job of including affordable neighborhoods with reasonably priced starter homes which enhance our community. Apartments only entice crime and neighbors that our community do not want." In Addition to the above comments Please zone some industrial and commercial property in a nice area to attract more manufacturing, and as said above NO MORE APARTMENTS! :) * 1. Community swimming pool! I am amazed that one has to pay $5 per person to go swim at the Owasso YMCA. (That's $20/visit for a mother with 3 children.) The YMCA is state-of-the-art and very nice (which our tax dollars helped build and refurbish the established Y) so even though our tax dollars go to that, we can't enjoy it. We are a middle-class income family, and the $68 / month price for a family membership is just too steep. There is "assistance" for families that qualify, which is nice, but many families will not qualify and still cannot afford the $68/ month fee. * 116th street needs widened to 4 lanes desperately, especially as more and more businesses open on it. Also more parks and outdoor entertainment options would be nice, as well as add charactor to the town. Owasso is a nice city, but it has the feel of a strip town to it. * 129th between 76th and 96th is the ugliest road. It has so many power lines that should be buried. And the runway of a road. Don't be surprised if an airplane mistakes it for the airport. I was at one of those meetings that the city had before 129th was expanded and told them that we needed landscaping like 71st( Yale also has great landscaping) The answer I got was there was no room for landscaping. I will say what I said then,"I beg to differ". * 86th Street... * A better nightlife. * A better sport complex for the youth like broken arrow has. Works well for all kids needs. Public fishing area would be great to get kids out and enjoy nature * A city ordaniance requiring people to keep their fences in good order. This is one big eyesore in Owasso. * A community fairgrounds type area would be great and bike trails are needed. Better traffic flow in and out of Owasso would explode Owasso's growth. * A community LARGE pool would be wonderful! * A community outdoor pool is what Owasso desperately needs. Some of my best memories are of swimming at the pool in the suumer time with friends.It is also a great way to stay fit! * Add landscaping near the high school to make it look more appealing. * A dog park! * A family friendly bicycle route (no traffic) that would tie into the Osage Prarie trail.
* A few problems face Owasso. The majority of people don't work in Owasso, they work in Tulsa. Access to Tulsa via Hwy 169 is an absolute nightmare! If you want people to continue to move to Owasso, the travel issue will have to improve dramatically. Additionally, for Owasso to continue to grow professional jobs are going to have to be added. AA and Whirlpool aren't going to continue to help Owasso grow the tax base Owasso will most likely need to sustain itself. * A lot more parks and pedestrain trails that are uninterupted by streets. * A place to go to for summertime activities such as a waterpark or a centralized sport facility/recreational park that includes year round access similar to Nienhuis Park in Broken Arrow. * a recreation facility, similar to Claremores * A sports complex that compares to BA's would allow Owasso to host more tourneys and keep the $ in Owasso. * A town square type area that mixes commercial, dining, cultural and entertainment. * A trail system that connects everything. The city is divided by the highway (169) and the cross streets. Something needs to be done to connect those divisions. * A Utica type area would be awesome. * A Youth Sports complex for FOR Football to match the BA facilities. * Actual transparency from our elected (and hired) leaders. Also, FIX THE ROADS. * Add a better sports complex similar to ba or bixby so we can host out of town teams * Add a community fine arts facility to house more cultural events. * Add an outdoor pool similar to the Muskogee Water Park * Add bike lanes on the streets, so we don't have to drive vehicles everywhere we go. * Add natural areas with walking trails. * Add resource officers to the Owasso schools. * Add sidewalks and make safe crossings around kid friendly areas (ie Funtastic Island). * Add some bike trails and improve the youth football facilities so they would actually have some practice areas.
* Add some bus transportation in and around the town and shopping areas. * Add to the Owasso Sports Park (similar to Broken Arrow's). * All arterial streets in the fence*line will have 4 lanes * A nature area where people can go to sit/walk, picnic or hike. Or some biking trails. It would be nice to bike around town, but I just don't feel safe with the lack of sidewalks. * Annex everything within the fenceline so that we have the ability to plan and control our growth...and build a sporting goods store, book store, and a Sams Club * architecture and astetics of new buildings going up, i.e. the bank on 86th and 169 that looks totally out of place because it is so big and there won't be anything built in that area that will be that tall. Better planning for those types of buildings is necessary * at least 4 lanes on all arterial streets in the fence line * Better baseball facilities * Better baseball facilities to draw teams from out of town to promote Owasso and immediately bring in more revenue to our city * . better apprecation and better pay for those labor workers such as Public Works employees. * Better enhance our youth sports facilities, especially baseball so more out of town and out of state teams can come to tournaments and use our lodging, restaurants, convenience stores and gas stations. The mothers of the players love to shop between games too. * Better football fields for elementary * mid*high is neccesary for our kids playing football. It is very sad when we go to these other towns comparable to Owasso & they have state of the art fields & facilities!! Then we get the honors of playing at Ator Field... that I don't believe has been touched since the new one was built... what 20*25 yrs ago!!!! We need better facilities or Remodel Ator Field please!!! As much as we pay for our kids football every year, we need newer faciities!!!!! * Better paying, and long term career opportunities. I'd love to live, work, and play in Owasso, but due to the commute I have to only live in Owasso as recreation time during the week is limited after commuting back and forth. The JobsInOwasso.com site is great, but there's not a single job that pays over $9/hr and very few if any offer benefits. We need to focus attention on attracting employers and technology providers as much as we focus attention on retail. We got retail, now let's get some employment opportunities. * BETTER POLICE, EVERY COP I HAVE ENCOUNTERED HAS BEEN RUDE RUDE RUDE. I AM 40 AND HAVE HAD 1 SPEEDING TICKET IN MY LIFE, BUT YET, HAVE BEEN TREATED LIKE A COMMON CRIMINAL BY THE LOCAL COPS! * Better Roads * Better roads, more 5 lane roads with shoulder
* Better sport fields.(baseball) * Better sports facilities for youth football and improved general outdoor exercise area. * Better streets...better infrastucture * Better traffic enforcement. Residents drive too fast and do not obey stop signs or traffic signals. * Better traffic flow. * Better traffic flow. It's a hassle to get around at the shopping areas. * better traffic light managment takes twenty minutes to go down 96th or 86th street * Better traffic light setting, management in high traffic areas. * Better traffic planning....proactive versus reactive. For example, with all the new development out at Stone Canyon, the traffic will only increase. How long until 76th street gets expanded to four lanes. Also 96th St Westbound turning into the Smith Farm shopping complex (Target, Belk, etc) is horribly designed, thus restricting movement westbound on 96th St even at off peak times. * Better youth sports faciliities and training for coaches. We travel all throughout the INCOG area and its very dissappointing to see the faciliites other communities have. Its true for baseball and football, with Owasso's high school baseball talent, most Owasso kids have to play at O'brien not Owasso FOR!! Where does all the FOR money go???? INFC fields are the worst in the conference! Basketball is fine due to the fact the school gyms are used; although many communites have community facilities. Training for the people who volenteer their time would be great. * Better youth sports facilities is #1. I would also like to see a curb side recycling program. * Bicycle paths not on the street. Running paths. More parks like Centennial Park. Bigger and have the ability to ride a bicycle around the town. * Bigger and better sport facilites, lower housing taxes and more areas like Stone Canyon but with lower housing prices that start in the 200K. More affordable, and that would allow more families to be able to buy. Maybe looking into putting a mall the size of Promanade. It could pull people in the surrounding towns to come, and bring profit into our city when the new College is built on highway 169 and 116th street. * BIGGER SPORTS COMPLEX!!!! * Bike lanes on the roads would make this an even better place to live and would really set the the city apart from the rest of the state and the region. Our community is in a unique position, we are growing fast and as a result have the ability to not just shape Owasso but our state and region. If Owasso put in real bike lines on the roads it would make us a standout choice for people who want to stay fit and reduce their carbon footprint. We live within a mile of most places we love to shop/eat but generally we have to take a car because of the lack of infrastructure that promotes walking/biking.
* Bike paths. Roads with no shoulders make biking an extremely dangerous proposition. I'd like to be able to take my kids on a path through our community rather than having to haul everything to another community to ride safely. * Book store * Boulevard all 4*lane streets. Mandate street tree and landscape requirements. Implement architectrual codes to outlaw metal buildings. Require all developers to contribute to a recreational fund to help build all of this stuff we are talking about. They have profited off the City for years and it is time they give back. * Bring Bells Amusement Park to Owasso. * Bring in larger businesses that need IT professionals so I don't have to drive into Tulsa to work. * Bring our sports facilities inline with other suburbs. We are a laughing stock to others. * Bring us a well known bookstore. PLEASE give us more fields for baseball! We are great and if we want to continue, we need more practice areas, at the very least! * Build another YMCA,this one is bursting at the seams with too many people and get the kids outside to play when the weather is nice enough, make walkways more accesible to our senior citizens. Get some old stores back, like TG&Y and old time stores. Make people think of the old times when things were calmer and life was slower! * Build bike and walking lanes together, away from traffic. I've walked and biked in over a dozen cities in this state while visiting on business.... they all had wide paths for the bikers, walkers, runners to share. Here, my daughter and son*in*law can't walk or bike safely to our house (or vice versa) from just four blocks away. * Capitalize on Owasso's reputation as the "Baseball Capital of Oklahoma." A quality youth baseball complex would keep Owasso Teams, parents, and family members spending their money in Owasso. We would be able to fill our hotels, resturants, and retail shops with out of town guests. We would introduce many people to Owasso that do not realize there is alot going on north of 244. Make Owasso the destination for Youth Baseball in Oklahoma. To the naysayers, I challange you to visit cities like Bixby, Broken Arrow, Jenks, Claremore, and Muskogee. You will be shocked by the number of people filling those towns every weekend because of Youth Sports. Many of those families are from Owasso, spending money and creating tax revenue for other cities. It's a shame that "Owasso Plays Ball", we just have to do it out*of*town. * Catch up and prepare for the future of youth sports in Owasso. Project completions are not keeping up with the growth of our youth sports. * citizens of owasso, I hear lots of concerns about having something for kids to do* get your friends and neighbors to speak out. nothing can get done if voices dont speak out. A community this size should have an outdoor pool. * City walking/jogging/bicycle trails similar to what Tulsa has...ones that meander all over the city, with possible bicycle rentals and kiosks. * Clean up the rubble at the golf course on 86th street, as you are coming into Owasso from highway
75. It looks absolutely terrible! Also make it mandatory to keep the open fields mowed, like on 86th street, just passed the Walmart Market. The public sees this every day and it just looks awful! And can the city PLEASE clean up the graffiti in that same shopping center and all around Owasso. If Owasso can not get this done for some reason, then I offer my services. I will go out and paint over this ugliness myself. I love living in Owasso and I am very proud to call Owasso my home. * Classier restaurant (that makes it) like "McGills";with the higher incomes of Owasso residents one would think higher scaled restaurant would make it in this city. Need a BOOKSTORE in Owasso * "Books A Million" or one of that caliber. * Clean up main street. Vision 2025 funds helped, but some areas are still pretty slummy. * Community pool * Community Recreation Center, similar to Claremore Rec Center. * community/recreation center with pool area. I was in a very nice community center in Republic,MO for a sporting event & took my family to the pool / activity area between events. It was a small community but the facility was awesome. * Complete the Sports Park. * Connectivity to all areas of the city. We want to make sure that all neighborhoods feel a part of Owasso, whether they are in the â€œolderâ€? part of town or a new subdivision a great way of doing this is through trails throughout the community. Architectural design standards for all commercial development. Landscaping design standards for commercial, residential as well as streetscapes. * create a 2nd high school. Real estate developers should bear more of the cost to infrastructure in the form of roads, traffic lights, commerical building should provide more parking. Traffic light for the Bank on Garnett should NEVER have been allowed to be put up. More long range traffic planning. Complete the projects that are already in work when will 86th street be completed. * Create an identifyable downtown district (without metal buildings * Create an identity * healthy lifestyles with a Brookside or Cherry Street feel. First thing, bicycle lanes on the main streets. * Create something like Utica Square. * Curb side recycling and bike paths * Curbside recycling * Definelty agree with the comment about homes in the $150 to $180 range. That segement has been bypassed for some reason. * definitely need more things for the teenage children to do. they all hang around the theatre because there is no where else for them to go. my daughter is 14 and when she turns 16, i don't want her to
have to drive to Tulsa just for somewhere to go and something to do. * Designated bike lanes or trails connecting neighborhoods, schools, churches, and retail centers so that families can safely bike into town from neighborhoods outside of city limits. (refer to the example in Peachtree City, GA * a very bike/golf cart friendly community) * Develop an identity around down town streets. Many other towns have that identify, such as Skiatook, jenks, etc * disappointed to hear about the development of apartment complexes approved by the city council, whose members clearly are ignoring citizen requests for no more apartments in owasso. * Discontinue "City of Character" flyers included in every utility billing * DO NOT BUILD ANY ADDITIONAL APARTMENTS IN THE OWASSO AREA. The Building Association has done a great job of including affordable neighborhoods with reasonably priced starter homes which enhance our community. Apartments only entice crime and neighbors that our community do not want. * Does nobody want healthier restaurants? A cafe where you can sit outside and enjoy the sunlight? Or is everyone OK with just eating commercialized, standardized food like Chili's, Logan's, ect...???? How nice to be able to ride your bike to a nice cafe and have a healthful meal. * DOG BARKING LAWS * Downtown has little draw for the majority of citizens. By and large, there's little dining to be done/no coffee houses/little shopping**it could be quaint and unique with some directed commercial development * Easier access to Tulsa. * Eliminate 4*way stops in favor of roundabouts (traffic circles). * Enact Neighborhood Watch for ALL neighborhoods * Enhance sports arenas. * Entertainment and recreation opportunities. * Expand the Sports complex by developing the New Field property. Finish what you started. We have no water, no permanant restrooms, parking lot is unmarked and unfinished, and no concessions. This city has the potiential to reep the benefits of income thru the sports activities of the F.O.R. Think about it, more people in the area means more money being spent. * Expand the YMCA to include more courts and rooms for activities for people off all ages. I saw the plans for expanding the Y and believe it is needed to help provide safe areas for kids to play and hang out.
* Expand the youth sports playing fields. Complete the Sports Park! * expansion of fields for youth sports,parks and recreation * Extend voting in the city elections to the fence line. * Festival area * expanded Farmers' Market. * Finish expanding highway 169 to lessen traffic congestion, and repair the stoplights. * Fix the roads**like the huge gaping ditch between the pavement and the curb I drive through every morning, and all the others like it in my (and others') neighborhoods. * Fix the roads. There are so many torn up streets and pot holes, it's tearing up my car. * Fix the street lights, (traffic) shouldnt have to wait for the lights 90 degrees from you to change 3 times for yours to change. * Fix the street quality. There are huge potholes and numerous smaller holes that make driving hazardous as well as a "teeth jaring" experience. * Fix the traffic light problems and streets if necessary that cause backups 2*3 light backups...especially 86th St. * Fixing the potholes in our roads. While I'm taking my children to school, I'm constantly dodging them. It's actually pretty stressful. * Foster more neighborhoods that are quiet with more land like the outlying, older developments rather thatn the new, "cookie*cutter" houing adtions that keep taking over all the serene farm/agricultural land around the area * full size athletic pool * German Corner is a place many people "know of" and we're not sure why. But, it looks horrible and besides our little sculpture everything needs some attending to, quite an embarrassment compared to other areas in Owasso. With it's location it would be a great place to have a community center with a community pool. If it could be connected to the Sports Park it would be a definite draw for our community. * Get a Red Lobster or seafood resturant. * get business in community to put community messages on their electronic bulletin boards, such as school announcements, charity fund raising events, etc. * Get rid of Rock Quarry. Maybe make into a lake. * Get rid of the eye*sore as you enter into Owasso.
* Get rid of the negative people! But in reality, bring in more retail, especially a book store like Barns and Nobles or something like that. * Get Simmons homes out of Owasso. We need to build better quality homes. * Getting rid of overhead power lines would make the whole city more beautiful and make power more reliable. * Hard to say... * Have a public pool. * Have another public high school. Current school is getting to big. * Have football sport complex. Widen road on 76th to Stone Canyon. * Have more music festivals in area parks or an outdoor amphiteater. * Having an outdoor walking/shopping/dining area * HW 169 widening from Tulsa to Collinsville. * hwy 169 access ramps better, better commute to and from Tulsa * I agree whole*heartedly with the post about NO MORE APARTMENTS IN THE OWASSO AREA. I live near the Greens and now near the newly built Preston Lakes apartments and crime has increased in our subdivision tremendously in the past year. Please, no more apartments. Traffic is bad enough. * I am really hoping that someday there will be a place the community can go to utilize walking paths. Staying fit and being outside among your friends and neighbors is the best thing a community can offer!! * I believe the City Planning is lacking in traffic planning. We have small town appeal however we have big city traffic problems. I believe this is due to the the ill placed traffic lights in the city. One example is the light placed at the new First of Owasso Bank...this light should have been placed at the intersection where people are leaving the Post Office. More people "back up" on that road than people coming out of the bank! It was a waste of hard earned tax dollars!!! * I came from a small community of about 24,000 people that had a wonderful parks and recreation department. There was a pool for kids to go to during the summer and I was involved in the summer program for kids. We had several locations where kids came to a day camp and we had daily activities for them from swimming, to arts and crafts, to visiting museums. I think that is the one thing that is lacking in Owasso. We have more schools than I have ever seen in one town, yet we have no where for our youth to go and be kids and not get into trouble. I would love to see the parks and recreation department actually be a parks and recreation department utilized by everyone, kids and adults. I was a very strong advocate for this in our previous town and would love to be involved in that here. * I feel Owasso needs a recreation center similar to the one in Claremore.
* I feel that the baseball field expansion would be a great enhancement to the sports park. There DEFINITELY needs to be some street widening around the sports park and other 2 lane roads. With so many people starting to call Owasso home there is starting to be a lot of congestion on the roads. * I grew up in Northeast Oklahoma and chose Owasso to live after I got married 20 years ago mainly because of the schools and youth sports. We moved away a few years back and moved back to Oklahoma last year and my whole family insisted on moving back to Owasso. I believe the Youth Sports Park was a great idea and I was disappointed when I heard it was being put on hold because of funding issues. I think the youth sports should be a priority in our city because it keeps young teenagers occupied and out of trouble as well as being on a team and learning to be a team player. * I have always hated driving north on 169 to Owasso on the days when the sewer smell was so strong. Its embarrassing to have friends in the car with you and then just when we are getting close to Owasso, a very foul odor envelops us. If I had the power to change something - that would be it. * I have lived in Owasso for 5 years & still feel its the best choice my husband & I made together. We are raising our children here and don't plan to leave. Alot of our time spent away from Owasso is for softball sporting events b/c the facilities the girls have to use are in desperate need of updates & renovations. If someone would take the time to notice how much all these athletes & parents put into this sport then they would get the big picture of how much Owasso is losing in profit by us leaving town to play @ better facilities. Some think that if once our daughter goes to junior high she will be done playin @ the sports complex...wrong! My daughter is also on a competitive team as well as many juniors & seniors that play on weekends at those fields. I also have a little girl that has at least 8 more years of playin softball. * I have two / there are no good jogging paths / my street floods when it rains. * I hope we don't try to bring so many businesses here that we lose our small town feel. I say more work on "beautifing" our town and less "growing" our town. * I like it the way it is. * Improve and widen more streets. * Improved recycling choices having the option to have pickup at the curb as well as adding more recycling items to the current items we can recycle. * Improved streets * I love the character traits in town. They remind or teach us to better ourselves. I have had a lot of positive comments from out of towners who think this character thing is a great idea! Owasso has great standards! Let's keep our citizens educated. * I really believe that we need to connect most or all of the neighborhoods by walking trail or sidewalks. I believe this would help promote walking and biking to different destinations. My children cannot bike or walk to their elemetary school that is one mile away because of lack of sidewalks, there is only arterial roads (from Chelsea Park to Northeast elemetary). I also would love to see something other than the movie theater for the kids to do. Something like a Celebration Station, or other similar. I often wonder if something like the Spirit Bank event center would do well here, bringing in concerts, shows, and events. * I think a community swimming pool would be great. The YMCA pool is nice, but nothing beats swimming outdoors in the summer. That is the ONE thing that would make Owasso improve!
* I think it would be cool if we could utilize the waterway( I think it's Bird Creek) between 66th and 56th street north and turn it into a Riverpark area with retail stores, trails and park area * I think it would be great to have a multipurpose facility like Claremore with raquetball courts, swimming pool, exercise rooms, tennis courts, outdoor running track, steam room, sauna etc... The Y is nice but it just doesn't offer enough. We had a place similar to this in KS and it made it easy to exercise because there were so many options. You could do a membership or pay when you go. * I think more green spaces and parks are needed. A trip down Riverside Dr. in Tulsa recently on a nice Sunday really reinforced that opinion. There was a multitude of people from all age ranges out biking, running, and just generally enjoying the out of doors. * I think more landscaping and trees along with outdoor activities would help the overall appearance and health of the community. * I think Owasso is in great need of a book store (Barnes and Noble?) * I think Owasso needs more youth programs where the schools leave off. There are so many youth in this community being left behind because there are only so many spaces available in school activities and competition for those spaces is very high. All young people need to feel like they belong to something. * I think that over all we need to focus on our childrens sports, and activities....give them somethings to do to keep them busy and out of trouble. More things for families....and make a sports complex for football like broken arrow, football parks....we could have tournaments, and much more right here in our home town. Make them come to us....and experience why we call owasso home. Go RAMS!! * i think the city should run the sports program there is to much money being wasted by FOR. * I think we need a park for football like the one in Broken Arrow. The stop lights in this town drive me crazy, they are not effecient when it comes to traffic backing up, like on 86th St. N. The one on service road going south by Arvest Bank, you may get one car that can make a left hand turn, but chances are you will not, so it needs either a left turn arrow or time extended so you can at least get 2 cars thru. * I think we need to have more and better Baseball fields. * I truly think Owasso wants to be an outdoor community. I see cyclists everywhere riding on streets with no bike path. I see people running on streets with no walking/running paths. I think first and formost, Owasso needs to have connecting bike and running trails throughout the city and also join up with Tulsa and Skiatook. I know there has been plans in the works for years and I truly feel like now is the time to bring those plans into action. I think the old downtown buildings need to be completely renovated. The streets have been updated recently but the downtown is still undesirable because of the disrepair of the actual buildings. * I truly wish our utility lines were buried. The unsightly power lines I feel bring down property values. * I wish some of our streets were widened.
* I wished there was more of a "downtown". I love the historic buildings in Collinsville and Skiatook. Our Main Street, the Owasso downtown, is really sad. * I would add a Public Recreation Center that would include an Health facility with indoor pool to add additional options to those who can not afford to join the YMCA. * I would add some type of separate senior living development with homes or condos that would be quieter and a lot less yard work. * I would built more parks for the community. * I would change the attitude of the city leaders to one that would actually show some real transparency in their dealings and quit coddling the developers with freebies at the expense of citizens who dispise these buddy deals. * I would change the contract for whoever is mowing Centinial Park. When they can't even blow off the sidewalks, it shows they don't care what it looks like. Also, I would kill all the pigeons living under the bridges. Forget PETA...it would give Owasso a better appearance and save the city $. * I would establish better parks and recreation centers. The Sports park should be a priority, but more importantly the management of the sports park and rec league programs needs attention. The baseball program is particularly poorly managed and organized. * I would increase the pace of road expansion. Some streets like 106th, Garnett (north of 96th), 116th (west of 169) and others are becoming more heavily traveled due to new housing areas and shopping, but the roads have not been significantly improved in years. Entering and exiting neighborhoods is becoming dangerous. I know there is a plan in place, but growth is out pacing the plan. * I would like it to be prettier * more landscaping, less signs, less wire, etc * I would like more entertainment and recreation options. * I would like to see large park with water fetures and event area with an ampitheater * I would like to see a recreation facility like Claremore with a pool for adults and a pool for the Owasso swim team and athletes to use. Water therapy is a vital necessity to young and old. As it stands now, I have to travel to Tulsa for water therapy- it is an excellent choice for those who can not exercise on land! The ymca is not what I consider an option! * I would like to see that city council actually listens to Owasso citizens on their wants & needs during this survey. And that it's not a waste of time. * I would love an outdoor pool like the one in Broken Arrow. * I would love for them to improve the youth sports facilities and build a community swimming pool. * I would love to see a large bookstore (i.e. Barnes and Noble or Borders)* could go where Linens*n*Things was...And a Sam's Club would be great for Owasso and would attract business from surrounding communities as well.
* I would love to see biking/walking trails connecting to all the parks and neighborhoods, and possibly to other communities such as the Osage Praire Trail or Mohawk Park making it safe to commute places by bike or even running. * I would love to see more dining choices, a city/public swimming pool, a sporting goods store, roller skating rink * more than one thing, but it's a wish list. * I would make Owasso easier to get around on a bicycle or walking. * I would make the recreation options more accessible to everyone (for example the hours and cost at the YMCA). Owasso is largely middle class and the middle class is so busy supporting ourselves that there is frequently little left over for extras * like recreation, summer camps, etc. * I would not change, but add to the Owasso Sports Park. * I would start another high school. Think that the town is large enough to keep it in 6A. Think the town would expand even further (that's the reason a lot are leaving Owasso, and maybe us eventually). There's little room for our youth to participate in activities. That's what the experience of hs is about, and a way to keep the youth out of trouble. If only a few get to do things what does that leave for the rest of the kids. If the kids didn't get to participate and were not counted as someone then there's no way they will stay and raise a family here. The future is about them. That's why those who can move, move away from Tulsa (we already have good schools, they don't). Now we need to expand and see how much further we could grow. * I would start chaning out the street lights with nice pole lighting as done on main street * I'd like to see more entertainment attractions, be it a sporting event or performing arts * If I could change one thing about Owasso it would be more sidewalks making it safer to walk around town and cross 169. Sidewalks down Garnett out to the soccer complex would be great. * If its not Broke Don't mess with it. Think befor you JUMP. * Implementn entertainment facilities that will attract attention from all around. We have an abundance of land that I'd like to see used for this. Perhaps outdoor walking trails, BMX and Motorcross tracks, Mountian Biking, 4*Wheeler and Trail Motorcycle trails, Fishing Ponds and Streams, Cross Country Running trails, Camping areas, etc. I like the idea of an Amphitheater for events and socializing as well. I'm sure many of us will agree that it's difficult to find something to enjoy outdoors during the Winter, but I honestly don't have an idea to solve that problem. * Improve busy intersections and major roads to promote a better flow of traffic * Improve the appearance of the community. * Improve the neighborhood streets and roads. I work in Tulsa and have to endure the bad streets there, it would be nice to come home to Owasso and not have to face the same street problems.
* Improve the schools, my children come home and tell me that they are taking light bulbs out of class rooms. I would rather spend money on light bulbs then landscaping. * Improve the streets to make it safer in certain areas... especially at entrances to Bailey Ranch Estates & Sawgrass Park on Garnett Street. * IMPROVE THE YOUTH SPORTS FACILITIES. WE NEED MORE FIELDS, ESPECIALLY THE SOFTBALL FIELDS. THE FIELDS DRAIN POORLY WHEN IT RAINS, WHICH CANCELS TOURNAMENTS, WHICH CAUSES OWASSO TO LOSE MONEY (FOOD, SHOPPING ETC.) SOFTBALL TEAMS SIGN UP FOR OTHER TOURNAMENTS WITH MORE AND BETTER FIELDS (ie: Savage park and in baseball,it is O'Brien park). * Improved parks and recreation areas are on the top of my list. * Improved roads * Improvements to Youth Sports park to accomodate national tournaments and INFC football tournaments. Bicycle friendly community with bicycle routes!!! * In addition to the majority of comments on this message board, I also would like to see an improvement in the Owasso sports complex. Specifically regarding the management/coordination of the FOR baseball league. I'm so frustrated with their lack of organization and customer service, I'm seriously considering taking my dollars to the O'Brien baseball league. Any communication I receive (which is lacking) I feel that it's their way, and it's the only way. They do not appear to be open to change and I actually have tried to volunteer for them. I would also like to see how FOR spends their money for the baseball fields. We invest a lot of money and time to play baseball here and would hate to see Owasso lose more money because their only focus seems to be bringing in new business. * In addition to the majority of comments on this message board, I also would like to see an improvement in the Owasso sports complex. Specifically regarding the management/coordination of the FOR baseball league. I'm so frustrated with their lack of organization and customer service, I'm seriously considering taking my dollars to the O'Brien baseball league. Any communication I receive (which is lacking) I feel that it's their way, and it's the only way. They do not appear to be open to change and I actually have tried to volunteer for them. I would also like to see how FOR spends their money for the baseball fields. We invest a lot of money and time to play baseball here and would hate to see Owasso lose more money because their only focus seems to be bringing in new business. * In my opinion, Owasso needs to re focus itself on private home development and much less on apartment and condo complexes. * Incorporate bike lanes into the arterial street templates for future construction and add bike lanes to newly constructed roadways. * Increase businesses in Owasso to reduce need for travel to Tulsa everyday in addition to making Owasso more walkable by putting sidewalks on bridge over highway 169 at E 96th St N. * Increased amenities for senior citizens and retirees including senior housing communities, senior recreation venues and most importantly a serious senior center offering a comprehensive program of lifelong learning classes and interest groups. * Increased hospital services. Most often, you will transferred to Tulsa more major diagnosis.
* Install bicycle trails throughout the city and surrounding area so people can get exercise and kids won't be so overweight! Connect the trails to all the schools so people can stop and get a drink of water or watch a sporting event. * Interconnecting bike and walking paths with more park areas. Tie into trail system to Tulsa and Sperry/Skiatook. * Invite retailers such as, Michaels, Dillards, Belks, and more of the most popular eating retailers. Include more theaters, large parks (similar to the park west of Owasso)and possible an ice skate park. * It would be nice to have a sidewalk along our streets for people to walk or children to ride bikes, or like a connecting pathway from our neighborhood to the park would also be nice. I am afraid to take my kids on a bike ride anywhere other than our neighborhood because there are curbs rather than shoulders on the roads and no sidewalks. * It would have more entertainment options for young professionals, like sports bars, wine bars, and lounges. A comedy club would be nice, so would a Borders or Barnes & Noble. There's not much to do on a Friday night for young adults without having to drive into Tulsa. * I would love Owasso to be a more "bike friendly" community. Trails as well as improved city streets would truly help the safety and enjoyment. * I would put a 3-way stop sign in front of my house to detour speeding and make it safe for me to pull into my driveway. 118th and 97th * Jobs, good job paying opportunities instead of fast food and retail. * Keep growth within manageable parameters, with good code enforcement (i.e. not a bank or convenience store on every corner), enhanced landscaping, and good architecture. No highrises please, keep the feel of a small town, not a city. Enhance the downtown area, consider green construction, make sure to keep gangs out by keeping low rent housing to a minimum. No slums, get rid of downtown slum apartments. * Keep it this size. Traffic infrastructure makes it hard to get around town. * Landscape requirements for new commercial developments. * Less apartment housing! In my opinion, I believe they are a magnet for high crime traffic. * Less commercial, more big*picture. * LESS CONGESTION ON THE STEETS. IT IS VERY HARD TO GET AROUND between 7:30*8:30 A.M. and AFTER school is dismissed at 2:20 p.m. until 2:45 P.M. especially on 86th St. North. If there was an overhead walkway for the kids between the mid high and high school that would help with safety for the kids and congestion with the cars. * Less traffic!!
* lET'S HAVE A COMMUNITY POOL! We used to have one and it was only a $1 or $2 to get in. It was huge too. The pool at the Y is nice but way too small. Also, they have a lot of swimming lessions going on. Which is important, but it takes up space in the pool and sometimes you can't even swim until the lesson is over with. The splash park is for little kids, anyone over 9 thinks their too big for that "baby" splash park. Also, a pool would be a great benefit for fighting off America's weight problem. Thank you * Let's make sure the police department and fire department have their funds needed to do their jobs before we try to put more trees up! Without them this town would be like North Tulsa! It is ridiculous that you are thinking of trees and trails when there are more important things to take care of!!!!!!!! * Light ordinance to minimize light scatter in the sky so stars can be seen. * Lights on 86th between Garnett and 117th are atrocious!!! During peak times it has taken up to ten minutes to go that small stretch of land. Even early mornings are bad for people that have to use the light to turn left onto 86th street. For example this morning (5:45AM on Saturday)I was attempting to turn left onto 86th from 117th, I sat at the red light for 2 whole minutes before it cycled back to green and during this 2 minutes only one (1) car was traveling east*west on 86th. Is there a conspiracy in this town to increase gasoline sales by making us spend more time wasting gas sitting at red lights? How about the city bring in someone with a modicum intelligence of traffic planning and improve the traffic flow. * Link all parks within city with trails and/or on street or near street bike routes from 116th St to 76th St. Would also build bike routes on street down 116th (HWY 20) from 161st to 96th St so that you can easily access the park. * Limit low income housing and entry level homes. Make the developers pay for improvements and support devices the city deals with when the wrong rooftops are added. * Limit the amount of new housing additions in every available field. I want more space for large parks or nature areas. * Limit the recent expansion of low*income/multi*family housing being built throughout Owasso. * Love to see more recreational parks such as walking trails ,dog parks and bike trails. Owasso is a GREAT city let's make it Better !!!! * Main street, I would make it an active attractive place to live with easy walking access to shops. Main street is a mess. * Make all 4 *lane roads into boulevards with a landscape median simlar to 71st in Tulsa. * Make better youth sports facilities to compete with suburbs our size. We are a joke to others. * Make it a planned community for healthy living. * Make neighborhoods maintain their fences or have an ordinance that all fences have to be block or concrete. Hire a part*time ombudsman to help home owners enforce the rules of their assoc. Build an upper class housing development for those over 55. * Make Owasso a model 'Green' community by implementing programs like curb*side total manditory
recycling, alternative energy usage by the city (hybrids, biofuels, wind & solar, rainwater recycling, green building products, etc), power management (auto*off lights, light pollution controls, LEDs, etc), encourage public transport and build bike paths and lanes, making all of Owasso accessibly by bike * use this as a way to attract new citizens and also like*minded businesses. * make sports be on a more even advantage to more kids money shouldnt be so prelevant and better opportunities for all rather than a few * Make the speed limit reasonable. 35 on a 5 lane road is ridiculous and inconsistent with other cities. * Many things mentioned sound good. We have had a public pool in the past and the expense and upkeep was too great causing it to be closed. We have also had mini*golf course. Closed due to lack of business. I agree the traffic lights need to be synchronized better. The 96th St N. corridor between 129th St N and Garnett is a nightmare. Street planing here seems no*existant. Need to get on with the widening of 86th St N. Downtown still needs a LOT of work. Landlords there need to get on the bandwagon. * Marked running trails equivalent to LaFortune or Riverside in Tulsa. * More ACTIVE police. * More activities so we don't have to go into Tulsa. * More activity areas for kids and adults. A beautiful lake with a walking trail, picnic facilities, outdoor landscaping, club house,cool lake front restaraunts and an acquarium (like those snobs at Jenks have)**haha, JK! * More attractive gateways coming into Owasso. * More Baseball fields for our kids. Complete the Sportspark. * More city leadership that reflects the community's strong conservative values * More community areas (parks, swimming pools, community rec center) This is the only city I have ever lived in that didn't have a community rec center w/a pool and parks. * More elementary schools and teachers. * More emphasis on affordable sports and family activities. Owasso is full of young families who need affordable entertainment/activities. More playgrounds, parks, walking trails, water park, putt putt golf, etc. Sports are okay right now, FOR is a great resource and is very well run with good facilities. But participation costs are high and may be a barrier for many. Plus FOR seems to be one of the few sport associations in town! * More emphasis on sports for our youth and community. The city should both promote and make participation affordable. The local churches help out alot, however, the city needs to set aside fields for practice with lighting to allow use in the evenings. * More entertainment and night life.
* More entertainment options * More family recreation areas, parks, walking trails between neighborhoods, schools. * more family, low cost, entertainment * More fields and better organization through F.O.R. * More funding for schools so families will continue to stay in Owasso or move to Owasso. * More healthcare options without going outside city limits. * More high paying jobs 40K plus * MORE JOBS * More mid*range housing ($150*180k range). The newer built homes seem so cookie cutter & are very close together. * More professionally trained police officers.. the amount of police officers in this city are outragous. For one traffic violation they send in like 3 cop cars. The police force sucks. * More recreation facilities, particularly a swimming pool. It's appalling that our swim team has to go to Claremore to practice. And the community needs a pool! Something like the Claremore rec center would be ideal. * more recreation for all ages and additional businesses and services to keep us in Owasso rather than going to Tulsa and other outlying communities. * more recreational facilities for the ever*expanding youth sports programs, especially more baseball fields * More restaurant choices, healthier restaurant choices. Clean up some of the older buildings, especially ones seen from HWY 169. Implement a free curbside pick*up recycling program. * More restaurant choices, including fast food * More security and better things for the children * More sidewalks.. * More things to do in Owasso. This might include a bigger theater, small amusement park, or an area with some classy clubs. Also, HWY 20 to Claremore and 76th street east of 169 is in great need of widening.
* more to do for entertainment, affordable entertainment, bowling costs SO much for a family of 6, movies are outrageous just for 2 people, * More walking and bicycle trails. Many walkers, joggers and bicyclists do their activities on main city and rural roads causing a traffic problem and causing a safety issue for the person engaged in the activity. * more walking trails! * More ways to get into Tulsa than just Highway 75 and Highway 169. * Need a city swimming pool. BA has several and they are great. * Need bike trails * Need mini golf, or other activities for family & 18+ age group * * New neighborhoods with homes available in the $150,000 to $180,000 range. * Nice public tennis courts!!! * no need for "City of Character" signs in English or.....um..Spanish * Not sure what it will take, but we need to continue to strive to have an on par or better reputation as Jenks, Union, BA and other surrounding areas in order to ensure we retain property value and can attract quality businesses and shopping to sustain our tax base which in turn helps us continue to build our community. We need to keep moving forward. Everyone wants progress, but no one likes change. * Not sure what would be the best change. * Offer curbside recycling. * One thing? hmmmm......definitely make it more bike*friendly. Owasso isn't too spread out and it would be so easy to travel and commute to jobs by bike. This would make our community more active and healthy...which ultimately means happier people with a better quality of life. Of course I think it needs more trails, healthier restaurant choices, less chain restaurants, more unique shops, more trees, lakes, fishing, farmers markets offering organic produce.... I have many many more ideas! * Open a community swimming pool * . Other than some attitudes of the youth here, the snobiness, I'd say that they need to start giving the baseball team more attention and money since they are the only talent Owasso still has! * Our youth sports complex is lacking in a big way. We need to invest in our youth sports fields like other communities have. Quit depending on the school system hand me downs. We practice on church yards, vacant lots and in pastures.
* Outdoor Ampitheatre! * Outdoor swimming pool or water park. * Owasso could use more outdoor activity accomodations, such as nature walking trails, mountain biking trails, and playgrounds in central locations. * Owasso definitely needs more walking/running trails. * Owasso desperately needs a water park, or at least an olympic*sized pool. The current YMCA and splash park are not sufficient for the entire community. * Owasso downtown looks much better...would like to see it improve further with a variety of shops and eateries. Or, improve the timing of the lights at some of the intersections. * Owasso is a great place to live but we need more community pride in the way the town looks. City planners need to drive into Owasso and view the approach into town as if seeing it for the first time through a visitor's eyes, and then drive around different parts of town a bit. So much of what you see in town is downright ugly. There are massive amounts of litter everywhere. Buildings that look no better than glorified pole barns, drainage ditches full of rocks and dead weeds. And did I mention LITTER? With the possible exception of some of the wealthier neighborhoods, there are unkempt properties all over town, businesses with unattractive facades and unattractive parking lots, roads everywhere with no sidewalks and no landscaping. (And waaay too much litter!) Kudos to whoever finally decided to plant some trees in the green areas around the highway over the last several years. Definitely a start in the right direction. Could we also have some wildflower plots to infuse a little color into the area? (Also, do something about ALL THE LITTER.) I think Owasso is a wonderful place to live, and I would like to see the appearance of Owasso reflect the beauty of Owasso. * Owasso is growing rapidly, we do need to look at the roads for the added demand to get through the area. 76th, 86th, and 96th street are the main connections to allow someone to easily navigate across the town and to the major highways. Where they have been expanded to 4 lanes, they are much better, we just need to continue this from Memorial all the way to 177th East Avenue in terms. * Owasso is in great need of it's own identity. I would like to see a "centralized" town center, that incorporates corporate offices, shopping, restaraunts, etc. This area would resemble more of a "downtown" feel versus a shopping strip center. Owasso needs a big park incorporating water features, picnic areas, play areas, and trails. Owasso's park needs to set a standard for the Tulsa area, and draw citizens from surrounding areas. I would like to also see a large pool with many amenities incorporated in this area. I believe this would attract more families to our community. * Owasso is lacking the "village" feel in my opinion. By having walking access to a centralized location for community gatherings, space offering retail locations with boutique style such as the Utica Park Square concept. * Owasso is predominately a young family community but there are still many older couples who need more options in housing, such as patio homes. Also activities that would appeal to more mature adults such as a community theatre, more walking and biking trails, and nature areas. * Owasso needs better roads and the upgrading of Highway 169 to and from Tulsa.
* owasso needs their own water source like broken arrow * Owasso needs to be more focused on youth athletics in the city of Owasso. Growing towns such as BA, Bixby, and Jenks have multiple facilities for their kids to participate in youth football. Owasso is falling behind our "competitors" with these types of facilities. * Owasso needs to spread the resources through youth sports a little more fairly. F.O.R. has some really nice facilities and the city is building them more (even nicer). Owasso Soccer Club and Owasso Girls Softball Association has to work and dig and fight and beg for every scrap they can get and yet there are many Owasso residents involved in these sports! We are losing too many of our young people to other organizations outside of Owasso because they don't want to deal with the politics or the unfairness of the current youth sports situations. * Owasso really needs a real water park. Big Splash in Tulsa is a horrible place to go to. We use to like in Derby Kansas which is about the same as Owasso in size. Our town built Rock River Rapids which is online if you wish to see it. The revenue it brought to our town was great and so is the park. The best thing for the town. The YMCA is way to small for our town and the pool is only good for little kids at most with a couple of lap lanes. * OWASSO YOUTH FOOTBALL & BASEBALL FIELDS ARE WAY BEHIND OTHER COMMUNITIES * Owasso's traffic is nothing. So for all you people who are complaining about traffic...go live somewhere else for a month and you will learn to appreciate Owasso. BE PATIENT, don't be in such a RUSH. * Paint the Ram on the water tower next to 169. * People would be more protective of their money and not so eager to trust city government to do the right thing. * Pool * population * Prohibit the building of more apartments, until the ones we have are at 99% capacity. They are bringing much more crime into the area. * Public facility with large indoor swimming pool and possibly an outdoor for summer use. With exercise facility. The Y is great for kids, but not so much for adults. It is also closed on holidays, and has short hours on weekends. When we have the time to use it the most. The other thing is please get our traffic lights to make some SENSE! * Public fitness facility including swimming pool(s) and whirlpool. * Public pool would be nice. had to join the YMCA just to go swimming. * Put an Academy Sports where 'The Market' once was! * Put in a Sam's Wholesale, a book store and a music store.
* Quit wasting my taxpayer money on the overpriced banners with the snide remarks. I'm actually embarrassed at some of the quotes that city leaders decide to put up on these banners. They can make a bad impression on visitors or long time residents alike. * Really more activities, for pre*teens and teenage kids.. They are lost, and need more activities to keep from being so bored..That's doesn't cost a arm and a leg to do.. * recreation activities needed for 18+ age bracket * Redecorate the older parts of town, for example the 76th Street area across from McDonalds, then on 86th ST N & HWY 169 the shopping centers need to be updated * . Redistricting the elementary school system. Some neighborhoods are nowhere near the school they are assigned to such as Brookefield Crossing. Would like my children in the elementary school closest to us. * REgarding all the posts discussing wider roads vesres beautification and landscaping. WHY CAN"T WE HAVE BOTH! Yes it can be done and I've seen it! Not evey road in this town needs to look like the 3rd runway for TIA. * Repair roads and sidewalks on Dogwood and Elm (800 to 1100 blocks) * Repair the streets CORRECTLY, not just "Bandaid" as 96th Street has been recently. Also 86th Street is full of "Potholes". Also 130th East Avenue was repaired recently at 89th Street North, but 30 feet North of the repairs are other areas that could have been repaired. These repairs were performed approximately 4 years after the City Manager was notified that they were needed. Why does it take so long for a response? * revitalize the old town area * we have a good start, but need to keep it going! * road improvements * Roads and infrastructure. Very poor roads, housing with asphalt roads and tin*horn entrances doesn't convey a very progressive community. There is no "town square" or quaint shopping/dining area unless you consider Smith Market that. I would like to have a town center like South Lake TX. You should go there sometime. * roads aren't prepared for so much growth. Alot of new homes and apartments coming in. * School system is lacking. We grew up in Oklahoma and have lived in Oklahoma for over 20 years before we moved to Texas. My job moved us back and we have found that the Texas system is FAR superior than anything in Oklahoma. It was a stated goal that 100% of their graduates go to college. They averaged 97% and were not happy. Alot of this is EXPECTATIONS * Seems to be a bit of a "good 'ol boy" system with inside communication benefactors. * Shoot the parents of the children that display the undeserved sense of entitlement and the parents that try to get their kids out of trouble instead of fixing whatever made them hellions in the first place. Or hang 'em since we are in Oklahoma. OR better yet banish the fundies to Detroit.
* Side streets need major improvement and sidewalks are needed. * Sidewalks everywhere to encourage physical activity. * something for the kids to do* outdoor pool, mini golf, etc * Something has to be done with the traffic along 86th! Either update the timing of the traffic lights or find a way to divert some of the traffic (especially traffic transitioning from the US 169 service road). * Something has to be done with the traffic along 86th! Either update the timing of the traffic lights or find a way to divert some of the traffic (especially traffic transitioning from the US 169 service road). * Spice up downtown. It isn't a very pleasant place to see. City hall is nice but that's about it. Those Atlanta Apts are a complete eye*sore. * Sports Complex Area. I have talked to people like Mr.Ray and Tom Kimball in years past. Mr. Ray has stressed over the years that Owasso is not in the business to run Parks Departments yet we look at Claremore and the success of their Recreation Center and City Park System, Broken Arrow has spent millions on their facilities, Bixby, Bartlesville and many more are updating as Owasso continues to grow and get left behind. Tom Kimball once told me the City has done studies and the Sports clubs in Owasso bring no finacial gain to the City therefore it's not a priority. I find it odd that the city at one time was spending over $400,000 a year on Bailey Golf and wouldn't do a thing for FOR, Softball and Soccer.. I know the course brought in alot of homeowners and money to Owasso but I wonder how many rounds of golf those homeowners play on the course??? I would bet you they spend more time at the sports complex with the three clubs more than they do on the golf course.. * sports facility for youth sports like Broken Arrow Nein Huis, better community pool affordable and not high dollar like the YMCA where we can actually swim and dive in a pool * Sports Park expansion, proven fact when the kids are playing organized sports, they are not getting in to trouble. * Start with sidewalks! We moved out of Owasso because jogging the streets was life endangering!!! We literally couldn't leave our subdivision on foot or bicycle because there are no bike paths, sidewalks or even shoulders! * Starting to feel police don't have the control they once had. * Stop building strip centers and use the empty space that is leaving our town looking abandoned in areas. * Stop lights that are timed to change to green when you approach and no one else is around! Sitting at a light when no one else is within sight is annoying! * Stop the apartment building! * Stop the growth of the city. I moved here because it was a smaller community. If I wanted to live in a large city I would have selected Tulsa or Broken Arrow. I don't want the traffic, crime and drugs associated with large cities.
* street repair * STREET TRAFFIC!!!!!!!!!!!!! Time the lights better so that going down 86th St doesn't take 15 minutes to go through 2 lights or put in a right turn lane on 86th at garnett!!!! * Streets are so congested with traffic. Widen all main streets. * Streets are terrible * Stronger Drug enforcement in our schools. Using dug dogs would be good. * Stronger enforcement of drug laws. My teenager knows of several students with drug problems, my husband and I have seen drug use in Preston Lakes park, and I've seen what looks like drug deals in that parking lot. I'm concerned about the safety of my children. Bring drug dogs into the schools more often, put officers in the parks, and have patrol cars drive through the parking lots. * take down the character trait signs that are all over town. * talk smith farm managment into having concert nights on their premesis. this would be a win win. attracting citizens to the shopping center. They are well equipt to hold parking and feed the visiting. * tell the police department to calm down * Thank you for asking this question. Owasso carries the devine (pun intended) distinction of embracing the "Trailer Trash" architectural look in commercial buildings and churches. Let's see how many cheap tin buildings we can throw around the city. With enough of them maybe we can draw a few tornados our way, or at least burn a distinct Oklahoma memory picture in the minds of those that visit our "fair" city. * That we had water park more picnic areas. A festival/event park. * The additon of recreational fields (sports, parks, etc...) * The city needs to take the gang problem seriously. The gangs are dealing heavy duty drugs in Owasso. Heroin trafficing was unheard of a few years ago and now it is rampant. * The city should strive to provide the look and ammenities that make Owasso THE destination community of the Midwest! * The community and school need a pool that can accommodate our needs. * the congestion of traffic * The impression that someone is better than the other. Or the "it's who you know bias" (also more roads in and out of town) * The initial impression of the City coming in from Tulsa needs to be improved. The industrial feel that you get from driving in on Hwy 169 is not the true feel of the City.
* The lack of parks, pools, rec centers, etc. for all the young families in Owasso. * The one thing I would change is I would like to see us incorporate bike facilities in all of our road widening projects. * The police are too aggressive. Writing traffic tickets for anything they can find * seatbelt violations, etc. We pay a significant amount of $ in property taxes to live in Owasso & would expect to be treated as respectable citizens. * The reoccurring pothole that is at the 106th street exit off of 169 and the potholes at german corner. * the roads. oklahoma has terrible roads, owasso needs to set itself apart and have city streets that are wide and in good condition. * The Rogers county part of Owasso is forgotten. One town yet complete seperate vision regarding Roger county. No thought or concern. Sad. * The traffic here is a nightmare! I have to travel up and down 86th around 15 times a day. To get to work on time I have to leave 25 minutes early when I only live 3 miles from my work! * The traffic in Owasso is much worse than it should be for a town this size. The street and traffic light planning is horrible. Some of the blame could be shared with Zoning. HWY 169 splits the town for cyclists and pedestrians because there is no easy way across it for them. * The traffic lights are awful. I have seen people run red lights from a dead stop because they were tired of waiting for the lights to change ... no one was in the oncoming*green lighted lanes. It is frustrating. * The youth football fields are weak as are the youth basketball courts. Go look at Coweta's bball courts or BA's football fields. * The youth sports. The amount I pay for football and softball is ridiculous when the football field is one of the worst we play on and the softball bathrooms are like those you see in a prison not to mention they never have soap. It is also upsetting to have to pay the fee for them to be in the sport then be required to raise an extra $50 for a fundraiser then pay to get in to see your child play! (for softball) * There are many things that need to be changed. I think 1 thing that would help Owasso would be a water park like muskogee has. * There is more to life than sports/FOR. We need other features that appeal to a wider range of the population. * There isn't a community pool! I couldn't believe the only pool was at the YMCA. * There needs to be more things for young people to do. I was really hoping Bell's type amusement park would come this way instead of Coweta. Dave and Buster's or Incredible Pizza would be nice. Putt Putt golf. Family things with adequate parking. * There should be a big community center like the one in clermore. The YMCA facility is way to small for a city of this size that is growing every year.
* There should be a good bookstore and a Sams or Costco. * These are all great ideas. Unfortunately none of this is free. How does the city plan on paying for all of this dream land stuff? I am NOT IN FAVOR OF ANY NEW TAX. This has the makings of a tax increase all over it. The city just said at the last council meeting that there is no money. We donâ€™t need any more loans or increased taxes. * This is an easy response for me. The Future Owasso Rams sports facilities and program is extremely poor. I am the mother of a young and very active family and we are gone seven nights a week to either games or practices for our two children. I was surprised and disappointed at the fields and parks provided to Owasso youth sports. I have been repeatedly frustrated at the lack of collaboration and follow*up from the Director Ann Kirby at FOR. I can not begin to understand the depths of Miss Kirby's job and the difficulty in working and organizing so many teams/parents of a youth sports league but her customer service and professionalism as a representative of the city of Owasso is extremely poor. The present Youth sports parks and organization does not reflect the success of the Owasso Public Schools teams. I hope for a better sports complex for our young children and families. I spend hours at baseball and football parks each weekend all year long and the accommodations at surrounding communities such as Bixby, Broken Arrow and Jenks are very family friendly and enjoyable experiences. I am invested as a resident, small business owner and proud Owasso Ram to better our community and will not just lend my opinion but my voice and hands to whatever needs to happen to improve this desperate problem. * this is it, listening to citizens opinions and making adjustments * timing of stoplights in congested areas. * To ask for "One Ting" is like asking for the silver bullet; there is no "One Thing." Communities that rank hghly desireable to live in do so because they have a multitude of quality of life related amenities. There are other things that make a city a nice place to live besides soccer and football fields. Live on the east side? Willing to risk your kid's life by letting them walk or bicycle to the library on the west side? Ooops, I did forget the one side walk on 86th street connecting the east and west sides. * To have both hospitals be a full service hospital, so we do not have to drive out of Owasso to get treatment. * To the NO MORE APT POSTER. My wife and I live in an apartment and frankly, I am offended by some of the comments on this board! The people in my apartment community are for the most part working adults, some with kids. I find it hard to beleive that none of you ever lived in an apatment at some point in your life. We spend money here and pay taxes and I would hope made to feel welcome. The newer apartment communities are much nicer than the old ones. My wife's family lives in south Tulsa near a nice apartment complex, and it has never lowered there property values in 20 years. The guy in your neighborhood not keeping his yard up, lowers property values. * Today, Owasso looks more like a highway community than an upscale bedroom community.Promotion of more active lifestyles, like Master planned communities, additional sidewalks and manicured and landscaped bike paths that connect to parks,restaraunts and greenspaces that make "riding" or "walking" to shops or dining enjoyable and much more accessible. * TOO MANY Stop Lights. Traffic is a nightmare to get down 86th St or 96th St North.
* traffic control * Use Englih only in our city..we are great Americans not Mexicans. Teach them English so they could read the signs. I would even help teach as would a lot of the people of Owasso. Education is is the key, teach them to respect their new country or leave. USE ENGLISH ONLY * Vanpooling available to Tulsa or transportation alternative to driving alone * Walking and Biking Trails connecting to the City of Tulsa or INCOG Trail system master plan * Waterpark * We are the only city without a real downtown. Rebuild Main Street from 76th to 86th making it a real downtown where people can gather and eat, shop and be entertained. Do a buy out of the few houses that face Main and rebuild. It would be a great enhancement near where they new trails will link to Mohawk Park. * We definately need a bookstore, Sam's and Pei Wei. If we had all three I'd never have to go to Tulsa. * We desperately need a major book retailer. * WE HAVE A LOT OF CHILDREN AND YOUTH IN OUR TOWN.WE NEED MORE THINGS FOR THEM TO DO IN OUR AREA,LIKE WATER PARKS PUTT PUTT GOLF AND OTHER THINGS FOR THEM TO DO. REMEMBER OUR CHILDREN ARE THE FUTURE OF OUR TOWN.WE NEED TO GIVE THEM A PLACE TO STAY AND COME BACK TO AND RAISE THEIR CHILDREN AFTER COLLEGE. * We need a bike and trail system like they have in south Tulsa. * We need a large open mulit*purpose park that incorporates all kinds of different activities in a central location. A pool, water park, amusement park, miniature golf, farmers market, frisbee, kite flying, event/festival areas are just some ideas. Have trees and bike trails and outdoor seating. Build a community center like Claremore has. A place where people could go and spend an hour or an afternoon or a day playing with their friends and family. It would become the focal center of the community and provide outdoor recreation and entertainment for all ages. No other local city has such a place. We need to do this before all the open/central land is taken for housing additions and shopping. This is something that could be developed in stages as funding permits. * We need a Main Street where you can see it from the freeway or a Town Square. Build 86th street up since it is near the main schools as THE downtown with great architecture buildings but stretch from 169 to the High School area. They should be filled with small fun shops but upgrade the architecture of anything current and out of date to match the downtown feature. * We need an outdoor community swimming pool! * We need first and foremost a City outdoor pool, picnic park area handicap friendly. Finish and expand the youth sports park. Look at Broken Arrow we are just as great but lack the important things to keep our kids here. Bring Barnes & Noble and Academy here. We must build these thing to draw more tournaments and dollars here. * We need more cultural events to take us beyond church, school, youth sports and shopping. I
appreciate the fact that we are not growing as quickly as South Tulsa because that brings about headaches as well. * We need more family oriented things to do around Owasso. I'm tired of going to Tulsa when this city is large enough to support more than it does. * We need more grocery shopping choices** a Grocery Warehouse would be nice. * We need more modest income housing. I'm not talking about more apartment buildings, I'm talking about houses. I mean, expensive gated communities with equally expensive homes are fine and all, but the exclude middle income families, unless, that's what you're trying to do. Do we really need to put on airs and try to be just like Tulsa, Broken Arrow, etc.? I'd like for Owasso to be able to maintain it's small town feel. * We need more places for younger teens to go. All we have is the movies and bowling. * We need more things for kids to do! All we have is bowling and movies * WE NEED MORE THINGS FOR THE TEENS AND YOUNG ADULTS TO DO IN OWASSO. MY DAUGHTER IS TURNING 15 SOON AND I WOULD LIKE TO SEE WHEN SHE TURNS 16 SHE CAN FIND THINGS TO DO HERE INSTEAD OF DRIVING ALL THE WAY TO TULSA DO FIND SOMETHING TO DO. THE MOVIE THEATRE DOESN'T WANT THEM HANGING AROUND THERE, BUT THERE IS NO WHERE THEY CAN JUST BE TOGETHER AND HANG OUT. * We need more things to do in Owasso besides shopping. And I don't mean adding any more massive sports parks. What about a public driving range for all the golf courses. Miniature golf. I've got lots of ideas. * We need more to "do" in Owasso...nature trails, parks, etc. * We need recreation for older kids. A nice waterpark or swimming pool facuility. * We need some big destination attraction to bring people here. * We need to attract and keep a variety of restaurants and places to visit to keep that money in our city. * We need to increase the number of fields in our sports parks and also be the example for the quality of our fields. Thanks Owasso! * We need to step up and do what other places have done -- Build ball parks that attract championship games like OKC did with Softball... or build a arena type facility like Pryor to bring festivals - music - etc. * We need to widen our streets before they become a hazard and pave them so they last longer. Our street quality is terrible. * we really need a water park!!!!!! * We take a harder stand on Drugs in our schools, and community.
* Whole foods health store * Why is there a CVC pharmacy being built across from Walgreens on 96th? Less than a mile from the WalMart pharmicies x2, Target and a mile and a half from Drug Warehouse. This is really disappointing! Does Owasso want to end up looking like parts of Tulsa with empty buildings everywhere and no natural land with trees? * Why is there no highway lighting on 169? At least from 76th to 96th, there sure is enough wooden power poles on the east side of the road to bring some electric over for it. That would really make things look nicer if those lines were buried and poles removed between 76th and 86th, they are double stacked. I would like to see some better city planning, did we really need CVS Pharmacy right next to Walgreens, how about no more metal building mega churches down 96th street. * Widen Garnett! * Widen the streets and intersections! * Would like to see more attention put on youth sporting facilities....Broken Arrow is putting Owasso to shame. * Would love to see a Costco and a bookstore. * Youth sports ** there should be more and they should be affordably priced. FOR is a great organization, but prices could prohibit some from participating. YOu don't want to discourage middle income families from moving here by impeding their children from playing sports. * Youth sports facilities. Owasso is severly lacking in this area when compared to communities of similar size. The baseball facilities are improving but there is no designated fields for youth football. Other towns complain when they have to come to our facilities.
General Project Topics Parks Master Plan * We desperately need more baseball practice fields. Especially for the 12 and up. * There have been several comments made about a public pool. I'm very dissapointed that the city decided to remove our only public pool (while not great) in place of a splash pad. This limits the age group of children who use it. The YMCA is not public and is too small of a pool for families to enjoy. I end up driving to Claremore or Broken Arrow to take the kids swimming. Broken Arrow's swimming facility is really something to look up to, but I would rather have my kids swim here. * Since my son has been playing baseball at the Owasso Sports Complex for the last several years I have developed a growing frustration in the lack of practice fields available for the older boys. There needs to be some organized way of locating safe & available practice fields for the teams. This is just one of the frustrations I have with the facility. * As a new resident to Owasso I am disappointed there isn't an outdoor swimming pool. The splash pad is insufficient for a town this size and quite frankly not the same as having a swimming pool. I don't like that I have to go to Broken Arrow to take my family swimming. I would prefer to keep my time and me money
here. However, I do love Owasso. It is a beautiful city and everything I need is right here. Except a swimming pool! :) * I would like to see Owasso develop an off leash dog park as well. We got used to visiting these parks nearly every week while living in Tulsa, and my dog really misses them since we've been up here in Owasso! Centennial Park is a great location for one! * I agree with Livid citizen in respect that we have got to STAND up and take charge of our youth facilities and stop being the laughing stock of the Suburbs. Our kids leave Owasso to play other places because we haven't grown in 20 years. Go to Savage Park in Tulsa and look at Broken Arrow Sports to see how it is suppossed to be done. The City needs to take over the Sports park and put money into. You have kids coming back to Owasso to raise their kids to have them play in the same facilities they played in. IT IS TIME TO LET OUR YOUTH KNOW THEY MATTER AND WE CARE! People wonder why kids get into trouble, why petty crime is on the rise***because our kids have nothing to do. You have the figures on how many young children live here based on the needs for more schools WAKE*UP Owasso*nothing has changed and we are at a stall in our cultural grow here. Shopping/dining and housing won't cut it anymore. that will not draw business or families if there is nothing else here. * If children are our future then we must invest in that! I have first handidly experienced the lact of involvment the City of Owasso has in our Sports Complex the past few years. These areas are all maintained and supported by thousands of families in the area but seem to be at the bottom of the cities priority list. I can guarentee you that our High School Baseball team that has been highly glorified in the past several years didn't just evolve from nowhere. I'm sure everyone on that roster if not at least half grew up playing rec sports out at our Sports Complex. Why in the world would we not want to invest more into that? I hear remarks that Mr. Ray is disappointed in the lack of participation from the Sports Groups? Maybe you should invite those Sport Groups to a meeting with yourself and the Developer so you can hear exactly what does go on, or should I say what isn't going on. It gets a little frustrating to ask for help constantly and you get nothing. If you want to view it from a political standpoint, as which is what alot of Owasso is driven by, then why don't you take a look and see who's kids are out there playing?!? I'm sure you would find it interesting to see some highly involved citizens out there each weekend with disappointment on their faces at the lact of help the City provides. When was the last time you visited our Sports Complex Mr. Ray? * We need a large open mulit*purpose public park that incorporates all kinds of different activities in a central location. A pool, water park, amusement park, miniature golf, farmers market, frisbee, kite flying, event/festival areas are just some ideas. Have trees and walking/bike trails and outdoor seating. Build a community center like Claremore has. A place where people could go and spend an hour or an afternoon or a day playing with their friends and family. It would become the focal center of the community and provide outdoor recreation and entertainment for all ages. No other local city has such a place. We need to do this before all the open/central land is taken for housing additions and shopping. This is something that could be developed in stages as funding permits * The sports complex on 116th does not seem to receive much, if any, assistance from the city. It is mowed by a volunteer, and the statue, walkway, and concession building were all funded by donations. If you don't have a kid playing soccer, baseball, or softball, please stop by on a Saturday afternoon before the soccer season's over and see how many people utilize the complex. It's a decent area, but I feel it could be better, if the city were to lend it a hand. * I would like to see Owasso develop an off*leash dog park. My husband and I, and other city residents, drive into Tulsa to take our dog to the dog park. We have been going for over a year, and the people are nice, the dogs love the socialization, and people are typically very good about picking up after their dogs and following the park rules. * I would like to see Owasso develop an off*leash dog park. My husband and I, and other city residents, drive into Tulsa to take our dog to the dog park. We have been going for over a year, and the people are
nice, the dogs love the socialization, and people are typically very good about picking up after their dogs and following the park rules. * I would like to see jogging trails added to the parks and promoted. I like the whole quality of life idea, but I do worry about the "COST" * I personally wouldn't spend a dime of public money on a "haunted trail" for any park. If people wish to visit a haunted house or have a haunted trail ride, there are private sources that provide those things. A few nice paved trails with some benches to rest on throughout would be great. * We would love to see Elm Creek Park updated, paving the trails, and adding new play structures and updating the old ones. Elm creek park has lots of room to add more to it. The swings are old and could use more of them. More setting for parents to watch their children play. The Tennis courts could use new nets and a back board to it. The soccer field could use some work also. I think before owasso starts to add "new" parks , they need to fix what they already have. Posted by Amanda at 1:30 PM Downtown Owasso Plan * Down town is in still in need. Where improvements have been made it looks great. Keeping an old time feel keeps our past alive. Where the improvements ended looks very sad. Continue all the way to the 7th grade center. * Our downtown area is not very attractive, but it's an area of town that could really shine. We have the courthouse/police department there, an awesome public library, the Tag Agency, the community center. These are all places that bring people to the old part of town. Spruce up downtown and add some more vital places for everyone in town to visit. Pedestrian Trails and Bicycle Routes * There needs to be a bike/pedestrian trail that crosses HWY 169. Ideally it would be around 96th St. North. This would connect the largest portion of the population with the largest portion of the shopping/commercial area. This means neighborhoods would need to be connected by sidewalks too. I know this would be expensive, but if done properly would show that Owasso is a contemporary community that's working to improve the lifestyle of its population. * Can we get a pedestrian walk over the creek on 76th St. and 121st E. Ave. You have to walk on the street or jump the creek (which is to wide to do). It can be very dangerous. Jerry Fowler informed me that 76th St. won't be widened for another 2*4 years. That will be to long before a sidewalk/bridge is put it. * Trails are nice for recreation, but they usually don't connect to popular destinations, and unless they're actually usable for such transportation, they shouldn't be built with transportation funds. They're parks and should come from the parks budget. Regardless, trails always end and a cyclist has to ride on the road. For the price of one signalized intersection, the city could offer bicycling education to every interested citizen, building better bicyclists rather than building bicycle infrastructure. * I like the idea of a bike / walk / ADA accessible trail is great. I do not want it on the street. Expand the sidewalk areas. Sidewalks are still an issue in some areas there are not sidewalks to and from both sides of the streets to our schools. This is a safety issue. * It would be nice to be able to commute or have a leisure family outing safely on paved trails that would connect to other trails in the area such as the Osage Praire Trail, or Mohawk Park as well as the local parks in and around Owasso. This might help reduce the amount of traffic on the roads, maybe create a more active community and encourage greener living! * Tulsa details plans to bring the 169 bicycle trail through Mohawk park here: http://www.incog.org/transportation/trails/TrailMap/regionaltrailmap.pdf Would it be possible for Owasso to
meet that trail and bring it as far north as 116th, with entry points each mile between 76th and 116th? That would be fantastic. * More paved bike trails are always a good thing. Lots of folks plan their leisure trips around great trail and path availibility. * I don't mind paying a little more if I get something out of it and it betters our community. Most if not all of the trails in Tulsa were built with our tax dollars throught the federal transportation enhancement programs. This has probably been one of the most successful taxes every and has produced enormous positive results that have improved our communities and increased property values. Nothing is free. * wow, my browser messed up* there are two trail routes threads! * .... ok, so I am not allowed to ask what the tax implications would be? I said I love the idea, just would like NOT to base it on a new tax. If your going to keep deleting my comments, I am just going to post this to my buddies at sunshine review* if you want to see how quick that grade A can drop. Urban Design Presentation * As far as the urban planning presentation goes, the buildings in the pictures are nice, but I'm not a fan of having the parking out on the street at all! I like the setup of the Smith Farm Market area and its wide open parking lot. I don't want Owasso to feel like a downtown urban area * I think its suburban quality is part of its appeal. I like that even as Owasso grows, it still feels like a small town. If I want an urban feel, I'd move to Tulsa. (and I shuddered a little when I wrote that) * I agree with the need for a standard for all future buildings, but we need incentives for existing ones to meet the standard too. I also agree with the need for business as we enter Owasso "the Gateway area" to be a signature. If it is not shouting out we are to be noticed, we will be looked over. I'm concerned when looking at the photos of all the tree lined roads. In the past few years the city & utilities just cut down all the wonderful trees we had. * Most of the buildings in Owasso are horrid. Why should Owasso ahve to settle for second best. Go to Overland Park, KS, Plano, TX, or Nashville, TN. In there new developments you don't see all of the crap you do here. I wish a tornado would hit that ugly Hammco palce off 169. For you so called developers, Quit treating Owasso as an inferior species. We deserve better. * Don't forget quality landscaping should be a big part of every project. * We should develop an industrial park and restrict metal buildings to that area only. Nothing says "low class community" like a bunch of metal buildings! * There is no harmnony with the building architecture. We need some basic standards and guideline to prevent metal buildings. First Bank's building is reat and should be community standard! Let's take Owasso to the next level and avoid the "cowboy" planning that has taken place for so long in Oklahoma.
Mixed Use Development * I'm not exactly sure what Mixed Use Development encompasses. If it means it's like it's own little town within a town, I think that sounds somewhat exclusionary and not indicative of the sense of community Owasso seems to be striving for. * I'd love to live in a mixed use development as long as it had everything I need. I thought there was someting like this proposed near HWY 169 and 96th a while back.
* we'd live in a good mixed use development in a minute, but it would have to have the stuff we like...movie theater, book store, other retail and restaurants a must. Protection of the Environment * Curbside recycling is a great need in Owasso. When I lived in Cambridge, MA, we were provided free of charge a large recycling bin that was picked up two times a week by the city. We cut our trash consumption in half from all the recycling we were able to do...everything from cereal boxes to soup cans to soda cans got recycled. * We definitely need to promote recycling in this community. We should look to other communities for inspiration and find a way to make it easier and more desirable for people to recycle rather than throwing everything in the trash cart. I used to have a neighbor who recieved the daily newspaper and would pick it up from his driveway and throw it directly into his trash cart every day without ever even opening it up. I offered to recycle his newspapers for him (I would've read them first, though) but he declined. We're a family of four who rarely fills our cart more than half full. Imagine the impact on our community if everyone recycled. Transportation Issues * -Too many traffic lights. This is making traffic worse, not better. The obvious example is by the Bank as mentioned many times. Also, 96th N. has 5 lights in 1 mile! It could take up to 20 minutes to travel this mile. 86th str. N. is just as bad. - Better planning the entrances/ exits to the large shopping areas could reduce the need for a stop light at every entrance/exit. For example, why is the main exit from the Wal-Mart parking lot across from the on ramp to Hwy 169? - Timing of the lights needs to be enhanced where we can't get rid of the traffic light. * When viewing the photos I must say I hate a circle. I think we can do better than that. I'm not sure trollies are the answer, but we are big enough now for public transportation. This could be an issue when the college campus is up and running. I also feel when building our main roads we need to consider how fast we are still growing. A turn lane both right and left should be constructed from the start. * That traffic light in front of the new 1st Bank really shows that the City of Owasso still rewards their cronies at the expense of the residents. We need more "good planning" and fewer "good buddies". * Wider streets are needed to help with traffic. The City is doing a great job working on this, such as the recent expansion on 129th Street between 86th and 96th. I am glad the City will fix Garnett from 96th tp 106th! * Has any of Owasso officials driven past the corner of 116th and Garnet lately? Talk about a downer for visitors. Turning east from Garnet, there is almost no road left. * The light at the bank is a waste of tax payers money. Could we get it moved to 116th St N. and 129th E. Ave, before we have another bad wreck due to heavy traffic during rush hour. * Lets get some trollies. It would get rid of a lot of the traffic just to go to the store. Not smelly buses, but something afordable and green. Talk about cutting down on traffic and roads. Also, build us some good sidewalks on major roads around the city. * I would like to be able to walk every where, but there are no sidewalks except in new areas. Sidewalks are needed on busy roads like 116th. * I wonder how many people would ride into work if a bicycle trail was implemented in a loop or grid around Owasso, and as far west as the Cherokee Industrial Complex. The overwhelming theme so far seems to be that Owasso needs bicycle paths, desperately.
* I'd like to see a city*wide speed limit of 25mph. That includes arterials as well as neighborhood streets. A lower speed limit has many benefits: less traffic noise, more pedestrian and bike friendly streets, increased reaction times for motorists, and reduced energy in the occasional crash. What's more, it would permit the use of low*speed electric vehicles throughout the city, further reducing noise and pollution. Presently, the arterial streets represent barriers to such vehicles at a time when we should be encouraging their use. * Plan more for pedestrians and bike, and not always on getting cars from point A to B in the fastest time possible. * "Owasso really has NO traffic compared to other areas of the country. Be thankful you don't live in or around DFW. I think Owsso needs to think about multi*modal transportation options rather than just continue to wiiden roads and concrete the world! Signal timing could be improved, especially on 86th St." "Owasso really has NO traffic compared to other areas of the country. Be thankful you don't live in or around DFW. I think Owsso needs to think about multi*modal transportation options rather than just continue to wiiden roads and concrete the world! Signal timing could be improved, especially on 86th St" Well OP sadly were not "somewhere else" were in oklahoma* in a suburb community that is looking foreword and waning to grow, I like the number of homes being built out here* but when I try to sell one I always have to tell the buy "169 is not that bad" If the local roads get worse our growth may move further north. If we want to get more people here... and that means more commercial and industrial* we MUST address the infrastructure... things like pressed concrete logos and nice wide roads and working signals.... then we can talking about landscaping requirements for businesses and decorative landscaping as a road feature. * Owasso really has NO traffic compared to other areas of the country. Be thankful you don't live in or around DFW. I think Owsso needs to think about multi*modal transportation options rather than just continue to wiiden roads and concrete the world! Signal timing could be improved, especially on 86th St. * I agree about the roads, I don't feel like the best engineering firm was used when laying out the roadways for Owasso. It feels a bit like things were just laid down to get from here to there with no real planning as to how an increase in traffic would effect it later. * It would be so wonderful if in the non*neighborhood areas we could increase the speed limit to 40 or 45 like BA or Tulsa. The Owasso expressway would be fine at 40 minus the crazy curves we have for 86th street. Why is there a traffic signal in front of the new bank? That's just going to slow things down and help make sure I take the highway instead Also the traffic loops here (sorry) suck, we need to get some of our intersections fixed* sometimes leaving the farm shopping center I go to make a left and have to wait around 7 minutes for another car to roll up and start the signal cycle. Lets face it, America is a car society* make Owasso more fun to drive and sales tax may very well see a positive turn in a couple years from people going here instead of 71st. Non*Working signals and low speed limits are not going to pull people from Tulsa. <* Just main roads, the farm being at 30 is perfectly reasonable. Is there not there some kind of engineer who can review our roads and set up a plan to get us modernized? * I'd really like it if you plowed 80th EVERY time it snowed. * I have noticed some of the light signals seems to not be timed right. Especially turning left, some of the busiest intersections (for example: getting onto hwy 169 going northbound off 86th st) will only have about 4 or 5 cars go through before the light changes back to red again. Owasso Gateways * I think we need a Gateway and may be incorporated when the new bridge is built. More importantly the smell of the dump needs to be addresses. Who cares how pretty we look if they can't stand how we smell. Posted by at 11:38 AM
* I like the white fencing along hwy 169 because I remember what used to be there. It was little better than rusty chicken wire fencing on crooked rusty gardening posts. I take bigger issue with the runoff areas along the highway that are lined with rocks and dead grass. All they do is collect trash. We definitely need to beautify Owasso. * I think the white plastic fence is cheap looking and tacky. Especially since there is usually at least one section that someone has smashed through with their car. Why did we put a fragile plastic fence along a highway? * I personally think the white fence lining our highway is great. We don't need to spend any taxpayer money on big welcome walls until some of our highly congested streets are widened. * There are some serious eyesores coming from the south into Owasso that need removal or complete screening. A nice gateway feature would make a statement taht Owasso cares about itself and it's appearance. This would have the effect of making it a communnity a company would want to invest in or locate and office. * Someone needs to repaint the RAM on the water tower * the red paint is fadding. * I agree with Kimberly. We need a gateway. It would be nice to have the apearance of a family community rather than an industrial park. * I do think that Owasso should have a gateway. I think the entrance into this wonderful little town is bleak. I'm not sure what can be done to improve this, I didn't love the pics posted in the gateway section, but I'm sure working with the right people would ensure a beautiful entrance into Owasso. Let's show it off a bit! * We need a large wall in addition to the gate to keep North Tulsans and Mongolians at bay. * I think Owasso should make an investment in the gateways of Owasso. The entrance from both directions on 169 are terrible, especially traveling north. These areas are the first impression and the last when coming and going and I think it is a shame the impression we are leaving on travelers. Please do something about this!!!!! * I totally agree, Owasso needs something that welcomes people into town that you won't miss if you blink.
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Picture Log and Comments
Our community pool is where I spend a lot of time in the summer. It's great! *I agree...I love it too. *wonder who's community this is in? *a community that caters to bad photographers! *Where I came from, almost all of the larger subdivisions (neighborhoods) had nice clubhouses and large swimming pools that homeowners could use. The facilities belonged to the HOA. The annual HOA dues were higher than what we pay around here, but the additional ammenities were well worth it! *a public huge city pool would be nice *Personally, I would like to see pools and play grounds as part of the HOA - you're more likely to know your neighbors, it builds neighborhood spirit, and its easier to get to a playground or pool that's in your division.
*That is great if you live at the apartments at Bailey but not for the community of Owasso where there is not access to a public pool. *We need something the whole community can use, not just those who live in fancy subdivisions. *The challenge is building a public pool that accommodates a city of 30,000 people. In reality, the city will need two or three public pools.
*yes we need a public pool but not 2 or 3 we only need 1. I grew up in a suburb in Pennsylvania that has more than 30,000 people and very few homes had pools and there were no neighborhood pools. We had just 1 pool which was an Olympic size pool. Make the fee for the pool reasonable and people will come. Have 2 different fees 1 as an annual fee which can be for an individual or family or a daily fee. *Olympic size pool would be great, it would give our own high school swim team a place to workout & we could host meets. Currently training is at the Claremore Rec Center. Good job Owasso sending your own away. Great idea of keeping cost down. Keeping it away from the YMCA is a major PLUS!
Picture shows the US 169 and 76th St. N. area. This is really a bad spot for pedestrians and needs a sidewalk.
*It sure does! I almost got creamed there. *The right lane ends at a VERY bad spot and causes many near-misses for the rushhour traffic. The road desperately needs to be widen on the east side of 169...IMHO. *76th street needs side walks in both directions from 169 for access to the businesses and recreation. *76th Street and 193rd should be widened all the way down to the Port of Catoosa. *I agree with widening the road all the way to the Port of Catoosa. 76th Street already carries a heavy traffic load.
*Fix the light on 76th & 169. The light for cars turning left to go south on 169 stays red even when no traffic is coming on 76th heading east. What a waste of gas and time. *You have the main roads 76, 86, and 96 Street. All these roads will require widening for I see Owasso growing in that direction and very soon. These are the heavy traffic ways now.
A nice amphitheater and space for festivals would be great. Parking seems to be the biggest problem for festivals at Centennial.
*So ride your bike, or better yet...walk. *Idea...event shuttles (trolly) from the H.S. *Regardless of how you get there, an amphitheater would be a great addition to our parks. Plays, concerts, and events in the park would be a great family activity. *A great idea, but build it away from water. Nothing can ruin an enjoyable concert as quickly as mosquitoes. *enough parking is essential *Parking is essential, but I would agree with a simple shuttle system. When I lived in another state, we attending a storytelling festival which was held up at a mountain park Obviously a little hard to build big parking lots - so they had you park in the large shopping center parking lot with a very efficient shuttle service. Worked fabulously. *How about a big community park with festival facilities on the land that was the old horse track (or farm, or whatever it was) on 86th Street across from the 8th Grade Center? *Not all can ride a bike due to family ages and abilities, so looking at parking issues would be a must.
Please never allow this to happen in Owasso. This god awful shopping center is totally uninviting. No trees, just a sea of asphalt! *This won't happen much anywhere because cities have standards for landscaping. This shopping center in Broken Arrow was developed back in the early 80's when development standards were unheard of. If this were to be built now, there would be trees. *And watch out whene Wallmart wants to move to a new site not far from their old one. Big ugly UNOCCUPIED box for many years. *AND it is now closed down! *It's not just the asphalt. The architecture is just DREADFUL! *We need to require smart landscaping. Placing a bunch of small trees and shrubs around each entrance does not a landscape make! How many times have you tried to exit one of our shopping centers only to find that you can't see in one direction or the other! *I agree with the comment about the dreadful architecture. If we want to offer that charming, small-town feel, then perhaps we need to stop allowing metal buildings in the most visible corridors of town. *The old Linens and Things has been closed for too long now to have not reopened with something new, it would be the perfect spot to open Marshalls since other cities seems to have the same set up, Jenks, Broken Arrow. I notice in Owasso there are several available unoccupied places and other projects are in the works, I wish we can finish one thing first before going to the next. *Unfortunately, Marshalls will probably not locate there because they are owned by TJX (TJ Maxx), which is already in the same center. That is why you see a Marshalls at the Broken Arrow shopping center but not TJ Maxx. *The Old Linens and Things location would be perfect for a bookstore.
*AGREE! Dont let this be in Owasso. If the company goes belly up and disappear, Owasso will have a huge eye sore, for not many retailers can truly afford to keep a building this large.
If Owasso is looking at going green, how about considering recycled rubber for sidewalks. A company in Sacramento is creating sidewalk materials from recycled rubber. *That would be a good idea, as the city builds new sidewalks or replaces old. *Very progressive thinking. I like it. *This is a neat idea!!! *This stuff has got to be expensive. *that would be a good look downtown *See the streetlights? Can we possibly make Owassos syncronized a little better? 96th and 86th street are CRAZY! *Do not know much about the rubber sidewalks...as far as durability and life of the material. But it sounds great and green. I saw a playground in New Mexico (Air Force Base) that used recycled shredded tires instead of sand. That was truly a great idea. Try this for Owassos playgrounds. Shredded tires would be a safe and green thing to do.
Nature trails for walking and biking would be nice. Perhaps trails that connect the parks or in undevelopable areas. *I agree with the person who posted the picture. We need to offer the citizens much more than we currently do. *I would like to have a separate place for all-terrain vehicles *Agreed with the picture and the two previous posters - undeveloped green space, for just walking about is one of my most cherished memories from my youth. And having a separate area for 4-wheelers, motorcycles, and 4x4 vehicles would give access to another outlet for recreation without either group upsetting the other.
How about something like this on Main Street from City Hall north to 86th?
*Very nice. *This style of residential construction (with brick exteriors) would definately add some quaintness to the downtown area
View from the back of a home at Garrett Creek. How would you like to see this every morning when you wake up? The commercial area should have been heavily screened with evergreens. Bad planning and bad design! *That is pretty bad! What part of this makes the homeowner want to sit in his/her backyard and relax??? The city should develop a landscaping ordinance that includes the back of commercial properties. *I'm just glad Owasso has gotten wise and saw a need. *Agreed. If we're going to have to see the back side of the area, at least make it accessible from the subdivision.
How about some public space like this in a revitalized downtown? *Especially in a revamped retail/shopping area. Large quads and areas with pavers were so nice when I was in school and served as very simple, but very effective public gathering areas. *This is beautiful. I think it would help draw many people to the area. *Areas like this would be great to connect the various shopping and dining areas so that people don't feel like they have to get in their cars and drive from place to place to place... *Here's a thought: Build this type of common area that connects the Northeast corner of 129th and 96th (since commercial development will certainly occur on that corner) with everything over to 96th and Garnett, down Garnett to 86th, and eventually down to 76th and Main. This would formally connect the districts, and give the corridor some identity. *What Downtown? From what I see downtown Owasso is from 76th street to the Police station. That's nothing. If we could find a new place to have as the heart of Owasso (a new downtown) this picture would be great. But give up on revitalizing the old one. We have lived in Owasso for 20 years and the city always talks about doing something and never does. Make a new one with great landscaping and small shops. I would definitely shop there.
More than 3,000 chili lovers flocked to Centennial Park in October for the first Owasso Harvest Festival Chili Cook-Off. *This is the booth of the team from Wichita, Kansas that won the Showmanship award. Cooks from 5 states came to Owasso for the International Chili Society Oklahoma Championship cook-off. The second annual cook-off will be held at Centennial Park on Saturday, Oct. 23rd in conjunction with the city's annual Harvest Festival. *We need more events like the Chili Cook-off that bring people to Owasso. A real Festival Park to facilitate great events with lots of people! Perhaps two separate (and different) sports complexes to host national tournaments...soccer and baseball/softball fields off of 116th Street, and football fields and tennis courts somewhere off of 76th Street. *Maybe the developers of Stone Canyon can build a big sports park and donate it to the city. If they build it with the same quality that has gone into the rest of the Stone Canyon community, then it would be one of the finest (if not the finest) in the Midwest. *Would love to see more events like this. *This is great revenue for Owasso retailers. Not just for these vendors but for Owassos hotels, eating establishments, food, clothing etc. The community will gain from Owasso events.
Owasso has a number of very nice parks with bike trails. One of the best is Centennial Park on east 86th St. N. Here young Alex Cook crosses one of the bridges. *The things I love about the Centennial trail are the trees and bridges that cross the creek. It is also a long enough trail to enjoy a change in views. *This park is great for family rides, but why not go a step further and widen the roads to include bike lanes throughout the town, as well as the surounding area? We live in Cambridge Park and riding around town can be a real challenge for adults and more so for our children. *I saw a playground in New Mexico (Air Force Base) that used recycled shredded tires instead of sand. That was truly a great idea. Try this for Owassos playgrounds. Shredded tires would be a safe and green thing to do.
How about A Real Movie Theatre,One that has matinees year round, not just when the kids are out on break.One that adults can go to and enjoy a movie, not one that adults drop their children off at, and let them run amuck for the evening, without superviion. *I have to agree with the poster. We need another movie theatre, maybe around the new Reasors. *This is a must! Bring in all walks of life year round. Meaning young and old at a reasonable price.
A Community Performing Arts Building would be great. Plays, choir performances, community orchestra? - bring in concerts from outside.
*We have a beautiful PAC, but now it's buried inside the high school. So is it a community performing arts center or does it belong to the school? *The PAC at the high school belongs to the school. That's why we need a Community PAC for all the other cultural groups in the community that desperately need a good venue. I'm talking about the Community Theatre group and The Community Choir. I've also heard talk that people would like to organizae a community orchestra. We do have an award winning band in Owasso with many graduaates in the community that could be a part of it. *This would be great and we could get touring bands or plays to come here too. People would come from other parts of Tulsa and spend their money here like dinner before a show.
Would love to see a bookstore in Owasso! *A good bookstore is just about the only thing missing from our retail areas. *Give us our own Barnes & Noble, PLEASE!!!
A 4-lane boulevard near Plano, TX. If they can do it, why can't Owasso! We can widen streest and still make them look nice. *You are exactly right. This is how our roads should look. It has charm and character, which is something our roads need desperately! I* agree. If other places can do it, we certainly can do it. *This is a terrific idea. I tried to get them to do this on 129 between 76 and 96th when they were about to widen it. Look at it now. It looks like an airport runway. *Got to be careful with widening streets. The lose of land is taking away from the beauty of Owasso. Not to mention the expense. Keep in mind, all the improvements the City of Owasso continues to do, who pays for it? That is what you need to keep in mind!
A new Commercial building in in Owasso. THe AC units stick out like a sore thumb and this side of the building is terrible. *Another metal building! *Very unattractive and univiting. *I hope they plant some beautiful landscaping to hide the ugly metal. *The current code won't require much in the way of landscaping. A new code that would require more screening and buffering is needed. *Give this location a chance and see if they improve on landscaping. I* was saddened to see this building go in so close to my neighborhood and the school across the street. I am surprised that this type of architecture is still being allowed. Another ugly free standing building that does not enhance the community, just 1980 standards.
Can we have one of these please? How bout where 'The Market' was on 86th street. *How about across from where the new CVS is being built? That's close to my house (how convenient). *You have to look at this retailer and if they will have enough business to maintain a lifetime. Its a big place, do we have enough interested people in Owasso to shop there vs elsewhere?
Freedom Park near Fairfax, VA. This would be a good look for a multi purpose structure at the Sports Park. *This is a nice look for park buildings, but it needs more brick.
How about this for Downtown Owasso? Very pedestrian and inviting. *This is a very inviting sidewalk, with outside seating and plenty of room to walk. The problem is that our downtown district isn't adjacent to anything! Where will the pedestrian traffic come from? Don't get me wrong, I really like it, but I'm not sure it would work in downtown Owasso. *On Photo #9, a poster suggested connecting everything from 129th and 96th down to 76th and Main. What a cool idea! *In order to make this work effectively, you would have to have a mixture of uses including loft apartments, commerical, and office. It would also need to become a destinations place, like Riverwalk in Jenks. *Reminds me of Paris. YES, this would be welcoming and people will come because you do not have this near Owasso/Tulsa to enjoy.
How about more signs that look like this, rather than ones that are so high you can see them from Kansas City! *This is attractive but Owasso is near and in the middle of a major hwy. The larger signs are better for the retailer. I am not a retailer but have been in the business before in another town/city and we need to keep Owasso retailers thriving. If signage is tool then it should be allowed.
City of Owasso Quality of Life Initiative Plan Wikiplanning On-Line Civic Engagement Campaign Section 5:
The invitation strategy for this online campaign was managed and implemented by the City of Owasso and those responsible deserve a commendation. The design and implementation of the Invitation Protocol, drives the desired audience (in this case, residents of Owasso) to the project by assuring them that their time will be well spent, and most importantly, that their opinions will be used to make a difference in the planning for their community. Garnering over 800 participants is a huge achievement for a town with the population of Owasso. The city of San Jose CA attracted over 4500 participants and received national press on the success of their Wikiplanning campaign. On a per-capita basis, Owassoâ€™s numbers surpass those, and the quality of the feedback, we believe, makes this Wikiplanning campaign, our most successful to date. Again, those individuals in Owasso that worked with the civic and community organizations to get the word out did a tremendous job.