Sungate Living

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Seeking feedback regarding the wall

This survey was developed to gather valuable feedback from Sungate residents regarding which direction to take regarding the neighborhood perimeter wall.

Every year, the Sungate Neighbors, Inc. (SNI) spends about $10,000 on repairs to the wall. Replacement of the wall is being considered, however the complete cost could reach upwards of $500,000 depending on the type and height of the new wall.

This survey is anonymous. Please only one survey response per household.

President’s Letter 2017

Our annual meeting is coming up this week so it seems like a good time to reflect on all the things that have been happening around the neighborhood.

The final financial figures for 2017 are not yet complete, but I can tell you that your association is in a solid financial position to begin next year. We have increased the pool membership and the association memberships have increased as well, over last year.

The board of directors decided on a two-phase increase in the HOA membership dues at the beginning of the 2016 year, and in spite of increasing the dues by $10 per year we increased our participation over the 2015 year. The second, and final, tier of HOA dues increases will be in effect beginning in January 2018, making the HOA dues $98.00 per year. We don’t expect to ask for additional increases in the foreseeable future. The HOA dues cover the cost of mowing the grass fronting on 51st and on S Sheridan in front of the Sungate Boundary wall. Care of Sungate Park is also a significant expense. The HOA dues also cover repair of the wall when it falls or is hit by a car. The wall repair cost Sungate $5000 in 2017 (it was hit twice in 2016). We also maintain lights and sprinklers at the 70th and 55th street entrances and this year, we replanted the 55th street island. As most of you know, tree removal is a major expense in our mature neighborhood, and we did quite a lot of that this year.

The board is considering taking out several of the Bradford Pear trees in front of the pool. These are pretty trees, but they have very shallow roots and make it impossible to grow anything underneath them, consequently, we have a significant amount of dirt tracked in to the pool. They also break easily and that cost Sungate a significant hauling fee last year.

I noticed an island in front of the hospital at 61st and Yale on which this same type of tree is planted, but they are spaced much farther apart, which allows for plantings around the trees and grass to grow in between them. We may try to model that arrangement by taking out half or more of the trees in front of the pool and planting grass and flower beds around some of them. I wanted our members to know, so if members have better ideas they could let us know.

We had a pool season of 100 days this year and the pool membership increased from 406 to 428 in 2017. Part of that was due to the change in pool fees we instituted this year. Since the beginning of the HOA the neighborhood pool fees have been structured on the basis of a family of six; two parents and four children.

This system worked for quite some time but it was past time it be overhauled. Families are more random now, and may include only a parent and a child or two. So we took a chance and re-aligned the membership fees, and it worked. We had more memberships, and we had an increase in revenue over last year.

Since the pool is Sungate’s largest and best asset, we renewed our focus on upgrading and improving the pool, building and equipment this year. Those of you who have been to the pool recently have seen the new slide we installed in September. It is taller than the high dive and gets a lot of use! We also removed the old unsightly chain link fence around the baby pool and replaced it with a decorative fence that matches the fence around the pool. It is a very nice update.

We spend about $50,000 on various updates, including the two mentioned above, but still finished the season with over $115,000 in cash and investments in our various accounts. Amanda Graff, our pool manager supervises the pool and roughly 20 seasonal employees with excellent results. We follow her general vision, which is that Sungate Pool should look like a country club pool, not just a neighborhood pool.

We are extremely lucky to have a board of directors who are very much involved and helpful. We are all volunteers so it is really much easier to get things done when there are multiple folks to help shoulder the tasks.

I hope to see you at the annual meeting of Sungate Neighbors at the Woodland Christian Church on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m.

Just a reminder, if votes are to be tallied at the annual meeting, only those who have paid their dues are allowed to vote. Even if you haven’t paid dues in years, you are still welcome to come. We don’t collect back dues. If you want to join us, simply fill out the form and send in your annual dues for 2018.

Area Construction: 51st Street Project

The A new construction project along 51st between Sheridan and Memorial began on September 18 and is scheduled to be completed in January 2018. Crews are taking off the top layer of the road and replacing it with new asphalt. Workers are planning on getting through this project a half mile at a time.

During the project, traffic will be limited to one eastbound lane and one westbound lane. All storm sewers and 50 percent of sidewalks will be replaced as well.

All of the work will cost more than $900,000 and is being funded from the 2014 Improve Our Tulsa fund.

If you have questions or concerns about city projects, please contact District 7 City Councilor, Anna America at

4th of July Celebration

Sungate celebrates Independence Day with the long-running tradition of bike decorating contest and neighborhood parade, followed by a full day of pool activities.

The bike/wagon decorating contest lineup starts at 9 a.m. followed by a fire engine led parade at 9:30 a.m. Tour the fire engine and talk with firefighters while you want for the pool to open at 10 a.m.

Skip the line!  While some pool chairs are still first come, first serve, a portion of the chairs can be reserved for $5 each. Chair reservations are filling up fast, visit the pool office to reserve your chair today. Or just bring your own! 

Enjoy pool races and games throughout the day, as well as delicious food special including hot dogs, grilled corn on the cob, cotton candy and more. Plus enjoy free watermelon served by the Sungate Neighbors Inc board of directors.

Food tickets must be purchased at the front gate for specialty food items. Remember to bring small bills to help staff make change quickly.

The pool closes at 5 p.m. so your family can enjoy area firework displays. Bring your family and friends and join us for a day of pool activities, good food, and tons of fun.

A Change to Pool Hours: The pool will be open Monday, July 3, from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. but will be closed on Wednesday, July 5 for maintenance and cleaning. 

Schedule of Events

9:00 Bike/Wagon Decorating Contest
9:30 Fire Engine Led Parade
9:45 Meet & Greet with the Tulsa Fire
10:00 Pool Opens

Big Pool Activities

10:45 Big Splash Contest (Ages 5-12)
11:15 Duck Hunt (Ages 5-10)
11:30 Noodle Races
12:00 Money Hunt
1:00 Swimming Races
2:00 Swimming Relays
3:00 Watermelon Toss
3:30 Big Splash (Ages 13 & Up)
4:00 Finale

Baby Pool Activities

11:00 Duck Hunt
12:30 Money Grab
2:30 Duck Hunt
4:00 Finale
5:00 Pool Closes

Big Changes Coming

There is something big coming to the Sungate Pool. Literally, it’s big. The aging slides aren’t serving their purpose anymore so the board decided to purchase a new slide.

Sungate Neighbors Inc. believes that reinvesting funds into the pool to provide a great experience for its members is the best way to ensure our investment lasts long into the future.

The slide will be two shades of blue and stand about as tall as the high dive.

The new slide will replace the larger of the two slides we currently have.

The slide should be here late June. We will try to remove the old slide and install the new one with minimal disruption.

Swimming Lessons at the Pool

The Sugate Pool offers group swimming lessons, and private lessons upon request.

A certified American Red Cross Instructor teaches all lessons and lessons are held at the Sungate Pool.

Group lessons for advanced swimmers will be 8:45 – 9:15 a.m. and lessons for beginners will be 9:25 – 9:55 a.m. during three sessions: June 13, 14, 15, 16; June 20, 21, 22, 23; or July 11, 12, 13, 14.

The cost for one session (4 lessons) is $60.00. Or sign up for two sessions (8 lessons) for only $110.00.

Swim instructor and pool manager, Amanda Graff is also offering Dive & Stroke Advancement Class on
June 27, 28, 29 for $40.

Like Amanda Graff Swim/Safety Lessons on Facebook for more details. To register, call 918-627-9247.

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