Will Rodgers Park Gardens and Arboretum

Also known as: Northwest Park
3400-3500 NW 36th St., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


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Will Rogers Park, named in honor of Oklahoma native Will Rogers, is one of the oldest park properties in Oklahoma City. Beginning in the 1930s, Henry Walters, the Parks Department's horticulturalist, began to develop the park. He worked landscape architects from the Civilian Conservation Corps and Works Projects Administration to create the park's early design elements and structures that survive today. Eclectic in style, the park combines both formal and naturalistic elements. The park is a designated Oklahoma Landmark and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. -- Historic American Landscape Survey (HALS OK-28)

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on September 7, 2005
Reference number
Architectural styles
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Late Gothic Revival; Modern Movement
Areas of significance
Landscape Architecture; Community Planning and Development
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Outdoor recreation; Horticulture facility; Park; Garden
Current functions
Outdoor recreation; Horticulture facility; Park; Garden
Periods of significance
1925-1949; 1950-1974
Significant years
1933; 1936; 1940
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 3
Contributing structures: 17
Contributing sites: 2
Contributing objects: 1
Non-contributing buildings: 2
Non-contributing structures: 10

Update Log 

  • June 15, 2016: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger