Oakhurst Community Development

Oakhurst Community Development

Characterized by single-family homes, the Oakhurst neighborhood faces many challenges, including a number of vacant and run-down properties, trash dumping and build-up, poor connections to employment opportunities and a lack of accessible neighborhood-serving businesses, such as a grocery store or pharmacy. The cross-county nature of Oakhurst presents particular challenges to addressing these issues, as any comprehensive efforts require cross-county collaboration. Despite these challenges, many Oakhurst families have lived in the neighborhood for generations and have a strong attachment to their homes and the community.

In 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the community of Oakhurst was selected as one of 43 communities to receive technical assistance explore key issues and strategies relative to planning for new growth and development. The Tulsa Health Department along with community partners like Tulsa County Commissioner Karen Keith and INCOG have supported the project.

The goals of the project were established by residents of Creek and Tulsa County during a community meeting and daylong technical workshop. Read a summary of these goals and next steps here.

If you have questions or would like more information about the project, please contact Kendra Wise, senior environmental specialist, at kwise@tulsa-health.org or 918-595-4374.

Quarterly Updates

In the Media

Oakhurst cleanup: Keith Leads Effort to Get Rid of Dilapidated Properties Tulsa World, 1/25/14

EPA to Help Oakhurst Community with Revitalization Project in April Tulsa World, 3/22/13