The family of Williford Energy Co. founder Richard A. Williford has made a $5 million donation to the for , the park the RPA is building along the Arkansas River, reports.
Mollie Williford and her family are making the gift in honor of her late husband, who died in a 1996 plane crash in which she also was injured. A Gathering Place's Four Seasons Garden, which will feature stacked sandstone, trees, and ample seating, will be named after the Williford family, said Jeff Stava, executive director and trustee of A Gathering Place.
Developed by the , the $350 million park will comprise roughly a hundred acres along both sides of the city's Riverside Drive. GKFF is contributing $200 million to the project, including $50 million in land, with the remaining funds to be raised from other groups and private-sector donors. Richard Williford had been close to George Kaiser and his father, Herman.
"I think the spirit of the park is to encourage young people and older people to enjoy it and come to Tulsa," said Mollie Williford. "I've seen the descriptions [of the park], and it's very special to be a part of this because so many people in Tulsa are very, very generous. I'm happy to be a small part of that."