If you purchased tickets, we’ll have your name and wristbands at the tent Sunday morning from 8:30am. See you there!

Friends in the Riverview Historic District,

As many of you know, the residents of our wonderful neighborhood have an association, called, not surprisingly, the Riverview Neighborhood Association.  It makes sense we should join together in celebration of our neighborhood since we all share the common bond of wanting to live in such a lovely, historic, eclectic and welcoming area of town.  Those of you who have lived here a while know why we think of it as the Crown Jewel of Tulsa.  Those of you who are just learning about your new home will soon hear more.  Please sign up for email notifications for neighborhood events and announcements, right here on the website.  We’re looking forward to meeting you.  Please consider joining the association.  Your member dues go to supporting the neighborhood.

The hard working volunteers of the Riverview Neighborhood Association organize some traditional activities, the Cry Baby Hill bike race party, the holiday trolley tour, and block parties, but as a shout out to our casual attitude to a neighborhood association, we also have the flexibility each year to decide what new activities we may want to do to encourage neighbors getting to know neighbors.  Sharing friendships and exchanging ideas are so important to quality of life as neighbors.

The big project just completed is the Cry Baby Plaza, a lovely new neighborhood park.  Over the last few years, after having an idea to build a neighborhood park at Cry Baby Hill, some visionary volunteers scrimped and saved and designed and executed building just that park.  To try to thank all those who were involved would be to forget too many.  We are thrilled to announce that beautiful park is complete and ready to enjoy.  On the website, just click on the Cry Baby Plaza link where you’ll soon be able to see photos of the entire process, from design to completion.  Please do head to the intersection of Cry Baby Hill and Riverside Drive to see it.  It’s something to behold.  We should all be proud of this addition.  If you walk through the park, you’ll see pavers with names of individuals, families, and area businesses who contributed to the project.  Don’t worry if you don’t have one yet.  The park was designed so that more pavers would be sold and installed as neighbors wanted to join in the fun.  You still can.  At the website, just fill out the form and we’ll get your custom paver made and installed immediately following this year’s Tulsa Tough weekend.

As most of you know, the Tulsa Tough Bicycle Race is a premier three-day cycling festival in Tulsa, featuring three days of professional races, with national and international, professional teams and fans all coming to Tulsa for one of the marquee events for the professional cycling tour in the United States.  Here’s a link to the Tulsa Tough website so you can learn more there.  The final day of this incredible weekend of racing is in our neighborhood.  Our Cry Baby Hill Plaza is intended to highlight the pride we have in showcasing our neighborhood to so many sports fans and revelers.  Please mark June 10, 2018, on the calendar to join in with our neighborhood celebration at the River or plan your own party.  It is fun, to be sure.

Recently we did a Holiday Trolley event which of course was a somewhat less raucous affair than the Cry Baby Hill activities, but it was just as big a hit among neighbors.  Ask around.  Some of your neighbors can tell you all about it.  Having said that, it’s takes a bit of planning and ground game to pull off.  We’re looking into doing it again this year.  It’s fun, and more fun the more people join in.  Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise, but being on a trolley, at night, rolling around your own neighborhood seeing the holiday lights and enjoying refreshments is real entertainment.  Are you willing to help out?  Let us know.

As to the flexibility part of this year’s calendar, we’re thinking of doing some other events, but we can change that up if folks have better ideas.  We’d love your input both by calls and emails and also at our association meetings.  Right now, we’re talking about having a block party this year, possibly in September.  Maybe this could be a combination of association food and pot luck from neighbors; maybe a neighborhood cookoff is just as fun.  We’d love to have your ideas (and help).

Lastly, we would also like to form a Welcoming Committee to reach out to new neighbors.  We’re told the association has done this in the past, and we think it would be great to start up again.   While our neighbors are good at meeting the new folks next door, we thought it would be doubly good to give a friendly “hello” greeting, maybe including a personal visit with goodies and information about our neighborhood.   We all know about being the new folks moving into a neighborhood, and how it is exciting and also a bit nerve wracking.  What better way to get over the initial jitters than to be officially welcomed.  If you think you’d like to be part of this, we’d love to have you.

Those are some thoughts for now.  Please let us see you or hear from you soon.

Rick Eagleton, President
918-845-0637 (cell) / 918-878-8091 (work)
reagleton@rjeoffices.com

Melissa Fields, Secretary
918-571-527-8604 (cell)
melissafields68@yahoo.com

 

Riverview neighbors, please joins us for our open meeting, details below. Malcolm McCollam, Exec Director of Tulsa Tough, will be there to give us his annual rundown on what to expect for the crazy weekend, and to answer any questions. We have a big party and ribbon-cutting to plan, and we have more Cry Baby Plaza pavers to sell (pop over to the page if you haven’t already)!

April Open Meeting
Lefty’s On Greenwood, Upstairs
Wednesday, April 25, 6:00pm

Thanks to everyone who made it to last night’s 2018 kickoff meeting. We’re excited to have some new faces on our Board. Rick Eagleton volunteered and was unanimously voted in as our new President. Melissa Fields is our 2018 Secretary. And some old faces, too: Ray Luth remains our trusty Treasurer; Sam Johnson and Brek Wilkins remain on the Board, with Sam as Vice President and Brek as our non-executive director.

Let’s kickoff 2018 with a social meeting to celebrate the long-awaited completion of Cry Baby Plaza and elect a new batch of Association officers. We’ll provide the food, all you have to do is show up. All neighborhood residents are welcome!

Lefty’s on Greenwood (upstairs)
Thursday, January 4th, 6-8:00pm
10 North Greenwood Avenue @ Archer

Thursday December 15, 2016
6:00 – 9:00pm  Open to the Public!

Trolley Holiday Lights Tour: $30 per person
Homes Tour Only: $15 per person

Event begins at 1524 S Cheyenne. Parking is available

Trolley lights tour includes Riverview Historic Residential District and surrounding areas. Homes tour includes historic McFarlin Mansion. Featuring Pro Music Tulsae.

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE!

Here’s a fantastic opportunity to help support us in our construction of this cool little park at the bottom of world-famous Cry Baby Hill, and at the same time immortalize your family or local business (or both)!

Cry Baby Plaza

Take a look at this flyer, tell all your neighbors who might not have seen it yet, and get in touch via the email address on the flier to order your pavers before they’re gone. This is a great cause and we need all the support we can get!

Our May open meeting continues our roadshow with the third stop at Boulder Towers. Come and meet some of our neighbors from that great building. Guests from Tulsa Tough and Tulsa Preservation will be on hand to discuss the upcoming races and a potential historic homes tour in Riverview.

Boulder Towers
Tuesday, May 10 6:30pm

Special treat tonight: we are meeting at the Sophian Plaza apartments and hope to see a bunch of our neighbors from that building. Maybe we’ll even have refreshments. On the calendar at Nextdoor.com with an agenda overview. Come one come all!

6:30pm, The Sophian
All neighbors are invited

Our open meeting this month will be on Wednesday instead of Tuesday (scheduling conflict at Baxter’s). All neighbors are welcome. Hope to see everyone there.

6:30pm Wednesday Feb 10
Baxter’s Interurban Grill (717 S Houston St)