Walking Bartlesville’s Pathfinder Parkway
Bartlesville is blessed with the Pathfinder Parkway, roughly 11 miles of paved walking, jogging, and bicycling trails that meander along the Caney River and Turkey Creek to connect the Johnstone, Robinwood, Sooner, and Jo Allyn Lowe parks. Conceived by former city planner Joel Smith and made into a 1976 bicentennial project, the parkway is now mostly eight feet wide and also runs by Eastland shopping center, Bartlesville High School, and First Wesleyan Church.
Below is Granger Meador’s updated map of the trail system and parking areas, based on an original map by the Bartlesville Area Friends of the Parks. Click on the image to enlarge it. You can also download his printable PDF map and view an online spreadsheet with detailed mileage information.
Interactive Google Map
Granger also created an online interactive Google Map of the Pathfinder Parkway.
Bridge Together Project
The boards on the large pedestrian bridge over the Caney River were rotting away and needed to be replaced. Bob Pomeroy spearheaded raising funds for the effort. Donors like Granger helped buy new planks, which were installed by October 2013.
Completing and Expanding the Parkway
For years Granger has hoped that the city would complete the connection from Robinwood to Sooner Park to follow a half-mile section of Turkey Creek from Highway 75 over to Frank Phillips Boulevard. Then we’d have a complete creekside trail from Eastland Center over to the Will Rogers Complex. In 2014 or so the city released a map showing a completed trail but no action was taken. In September 2016 Micah Siemers, the Director of Engineering for the City of Bartlesville, indicated that completion of the trail is indeed planned (hooray!) but will require an easement through Eastland Center. With the Atwoods store leaving the center, its future development is uncertain. So the funding to complete the Pathfinder has been rescheduled to the 2017-2018 fiscal year.
The Future Southeast Park and the Pathfinder Parkway
The city is only growing south and east and US 75 is a formidable barrier separating Jo Allyn Lowe Park from newer neighborhoods along east Price Road and south Madison Boulevard. The city has property to the east of Washington Park Mall which has been proposed to become Southeast or Price Park. Granger would like to see that new park built and the Pathfinder Parkway extended from Jo Allyn Lowe Park via Colonial Estates to the new park near the First United Methodist Church campus. He hopes the Pathfinder Parkway would then be extended on the east side of town to connect the new park to Sooner Park, passing through the Tri-County Tech campus and up by the Village Apartments.