Gathering Place opening sparks some concerns for parents

Gathering Place opening sparks some concerns for parents (KTUL)

TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) -- The Gathering Place is officially open and thousands of people came out to enjoy the new park in town.

However, the size of the park has sparked some concern for parents.

Thousands were finally getting the chance to explore the 66-acre park that's been in the work for years.

"I've been really impressed with everything," said a first-time parkgoer. "Tulsa's been waiting for this for a long time."

Music and laughter filled the air throughout the day, and seems to be the new normal on Riverside.

But naturally, with all the excitement comes some worry for parents who are learning about what all the park has to offer.

"Definitely need to kind of keep an eye on your kids because there are lot of people out here," said Sonja Jenson.

"It's so huge, so if something happened, would there be security around?" Nancy McClellan said.

With hundreds of little ones running around, it can be easy to get lost in the crowd.

It actually happened to parent Bryan Schooley.

"He was lost for a second, but we found him pretty quickly," he said.

Gathering Place officials said they have security 24/7, as well as three to five officers walking around at all times.

Even with the security, parents like Schooley said the opening proved it's still important to have a game plan.

"We have a good system involved, we use our cell phones to keep in touch with everybody," he said. "We got about five kids and six adults with us, so it all works out. As long as adults are taking care of their kids, it seems to be a good environment so far."