The midtown neighborhood of Forest Orchard has made an active decision to embrace diversity and develop a strong community spirit. Bordered by Eleventh Street to the north, Broken Arrow Expressway to the south, Utica Avenue to the east, and Peoria Avenue to the west, this Tulsa neighborhood has seen a growth in development and a decline in crime since the founding of their neighborhood association about five years ago.
This new group has worked with area businesses and social services to welcome residents of all types in this area of mixed housing, and it has seen recent rapid growth. In particular, the area bordering the expressway has been a pocket of revitalization and renewal. Upscale loft spaces have replaced aging bungalows, and other space has been cleared for new projects.
Cherry Street’s recent revival has brought new residents with a more pedestrian-friendly approach to neighborhood life. Planning is also underway to redevelop additional sections of Forest Orchard, offering more shopping, dining, and bike paths. Housing in the area includes a mix of single-family dwellings, multi-unit apartment complexes, urban lofts, and condominiums.
Dominating the neighborhood of Forest Park is the Hillcrest Medical Center complex. One of the state’s most widely respected medical facilities, Hillcrest Hospital focuses on specialty care as a regional burn unit, a comprehensive rehabilitative facility, a women’s care facility, a diabetes education center, cancer treatment facility, and the state’s largest cardiology hospital.
In addition to having easy access to all parts of Tulsa via the expressway, Forest Orchard residents are within walking distance of the tree-lined Tracy Park Historic District. Residents can also enjoy the green space of the neighborhood’s Tracy Park on South Peoria Avenue, with its fountain, flowers, playground, and spray pool. Tracy Park also has eight lighted tennis courts for public use.