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TULSA, Okla. -- A few years ago, as QuickTrip's 50th anniversary approached, President Chet Cadieux had an idea on how the company would celebrate: giving back to the community by supporting future generations.
"Our theory is that if we can make some kind of difference in the life of a child, much less lots of children, then that solves a lot of our society's problems in the next generation," he told Tulsa World.
To this end, the company secured a parcel in River Parks and setout to create a family fun destination, a process that was two years in the planning. Recently, Cadieux unveiled plans for the signature plaza and playground designed to be an innovative, unique outdoor environment for children as well as a venue for special events serving the needs of the entire community.
Highlights of the project include an arbor entry, a children's fountain made up of 19 independent, computer-controlled, dancing water jets, and a series of five canal areas each providing a different interactive element for a variety of ages.
The Tulsa World reported that the project will replace existing park's playground and shelter at 41st Street. This initiative is in line with Cadieux's family tradition. Cadieux's father, Chester Cadieux, was a former longtime member of the River Parks Authority.
The plaza and playground, which is estimated to cost $2.5 million to $3 million, is slated to be dedicated in September. "Helping children, specifically those at risk, also is a core mission behind QuikTrip's philanthropic efforts," Cadieux told the newspaper.