Tulsa is nestled in the northeastern quadrant of Oklahoma, right in the heart of “Green Country.” The rolling green hills and wooded terrain of the city lies at an elevation of 700 feet above sea level and offers a temperate climate. Tulsans enjoy 227 days of sunshine a year and an average daily temperature of 61 degrees. The rainfall average is approximately 40 inches, and continually changing conditions occur in the city during all four seasons.
Our city boasts a widely diversified business base, including aerospace, telecommunications, manufacturing, construction, high technology, healthcare, education, transportation and energy.
Tulsa, one of “America’s Most Livable Communities,” is known as the Mecca for arts in Oklahoma. Art deco masterpieces are prevalent in many of our downtown buildings and churches. Spectacular works of art dot the trails of our beautiful River Parks. From the Tulsa Ballet and Tulsa Opera, to Broadway plays and musicals at the Performing Arts Center, to the Philbrook and the largest collection of Western American art at the Gilcrease, Tulsa’s rich cultural legacy greatly enhances our citizen’s quality of life.
The Tulsa Port of Catoosa is acclaimed as one of the largest, most inland river-ports in the United States. The Tulsa International Airport offers direct service to most major U.S. cities and is another important contributor to our economic growth.
Ten higher education facilities serve the metropolitan Tulsa area. Options range from community college and vocational studies to undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs at both public and private universities.
The Tulsa Fire Department was organized as a volunteer department on June 6, 1900, and became a four-man paid department on December 6, 1905, two years before statehood. In 1913 Tulsa became the first completely motorized department west of the Mississippi River.
The Tulsa Police Department will apply all knowledge, skills and available resources by working in partnership with our community to provide quality service, protect life and property, prevent crime and resolve problems so people can live without fear in a safe environment.
If you’re one of the 393,000 people who live in Tulsa, Oklahoma, you receive services provided by the City of Tulsa. These include police and fire protection ; water, sewer and trash service; flood control and street maintenance.
Do you have a question about something at the City of Tulsa or want to report a street needing repair or a neighbor’s unkempt property? Is there a problem with a water or sewer line that needs attention? For these and many other issues, you may contact the Mayor’s Action Center either by phone at (918) 596-2100 or by using an online form available through this website.
Life in Tulsa definitely is urban – highways, skyscrapers and industrial areas promote economic development. But life in Tulsa also should include a healthy environment with clean air and water, trees, parks, and creeks where fish can live.
The Office of Sustainability is the coordinating office of the City of Tulsa’s Environmental efforts. City of Tulsa environmental initiatives, goals and programs in all departments are the focus of that office. The office oversees and coordinates the energy plans submitted by various departments, and administers grant funds related to energy. The office also keeps track of key accomplishments, and maintains a calendar of events related to environmental topics and a resource list of local and national environmental organizations.
The City operates several programs that help to assure a high quality environment in Tulsa. Key among these are:
Refuse – Curbside Recycling:
Tulsa residents can help their environment through recycling either at the curb or at several Metropolitan Environmental Trust locations throughout the city. Tulsa trash now goes to the Covanta Trash to Energy Plant. Recycling reduces the amount of trash Tulsa sends to the burn plant.
The City of Tulsa’s Greenwaste site is located at 10401 East 56th Street North (one-half mile west of Highway 169 on 56th Street North), is open seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (excluding City holidays.) Tulsans can drop off yard waste, including tree limbs and leaves or pick up free mulch created from green debris from city parks and green spaces. Free firewood is also available at this site, to those who bring the tools to cut the branches!
Another important part of keeping Tulsa’s environment healthy is making sure that water that flows into storm drains is clean. Tulsa’s storm drainage system consists of many pipes that drain water from streets to either the Arkansas River or to Bird Creek. Allowing substances such as motor oil, antifreeze, fertilizer, pesticides, or pet waste to wash into storm drains will pollute water that flows to the river or creek. The City of Tulsa provides information on correct disposal of these substances.
Trap The Grease:
This City of Tulsa program is dedicated to offering education about how grease affects sewer pipes in the Tulsa metropolitan area. In the city of Tulsa, cooking grease is one of the major causes of residential pipeline and City sewer blockages. The spilled sewage eventually reaches Oklahoma streams and rivers, causing unsafe conditions. See the informative pages on this website to learn how you, in a few simple steps, can help prevent costly sewage overflows in your neighborhood.
When we say “the heart of Oklahoma”, fine arts, culture and recreation is what we mean.
Whether it is World Class art, opera and ballet or just an escape to the zoo, the City has a lot to offer. These sections cover the many opportunities to learn and experience more about the spirit, culture and history of Tulsa.
The City of Tulsa manages 125 parks covering roughly 6,000 acres including nature centers, golf courses, Tulsa Zoo & Living Museum, Tulsa Garden Center, 21 swimming pools, 197 sports fields, 83 playgrounds, 109 tennis courts, 28 water playgrounds, The River SkatePark, 69 picnic shelters, 11 community centers, fitness facilities, gymnasiums, meeting rooms and facilities, trails and more.
Situated on 70 beautifully landscaped acres, and with nearly 1,500 animals – many of them endangered and rare – visitors can enjoy all that nature has to offer at the Tulsa Zoo.
Where the story of the American West unfolds. The art collection includes over 10,000 paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures by 400 artists from colonial times to the present.
When the lights go down and the curtain goes up, you’re about to experience the finest in arts and entertainment at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center