This 84-acre park
and sports complex is
located in Broken Arrow on 145 E. Ave., one-half mile south of 131 St.
S. Much of the park consists
of soccer and baseball fields. But the park is on the banks of the Arkansas River and provides a good
view up and down the river for several miles.
Bald Eagles have been
reported here in winter and migrating shorebirds sometimes show up on
the sandbars when the river is low. Look for Great Blue and Little Blue
herons, Great and Snowy egrets in summer; Ring-billed and Franklin's
gulls in migration, and Belted Kingfishers. Caspian, Least, Black, and
Forster's terns are seen in small numbers during migration.
Arkansas River behind sports complex
photo by John Kennington
There is a small
wooded creek in the park which provides limited habitat for woodland
species. Dense cover along the creek attracts wintering sparrows and
other thicket birds.
In the summer look for
Scissor-tailed Flycatchers and Eastern Kingbirds on the chainlink fences
around the baseball and soccer fields. Scissortailed Flycatchers are
especially numerous in fall just before they start their migration