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Broken Arrow, OK Brings Fantastic Fun to the Outdoors

Sports and Recreation facilities in Broken Arrow delight residents.

By Chris Russell on November 15, 2015

Family Aquatic Center in Broken Arrow, OK
Broken Arrow / Michael Conti

The variety of Broken Arrow’s outdoor activities is as wide open as the Oklahoma sky.

“Broken Arrow is pleased to offer outdoor recreation venues for its citizens and visitors,” says Broken Arrow Parks and Recreation Director Scott Esmond. “These outdoor spaces create viable and desirable places to improve the quality of life in Broken Arrow.”

Interconnected Trails

More than 70 miles of interconnected trails allow Broken Arrow residents to pick their distance for walks, runs and bike rides. Most trails wind through peaceful landscapes. At some trails’ parking areas, visitors can rent bicycles for free. The KATY Trail has several neighborhood access points and highlights of the River Parks West Bank Trail include basketball courts, a nine-hole disc golf course and a floating amphitheater.

Pools and Splash Pads

Broken Arrow’s Family Aquatic Center features two large slides, a wading pool and splash pad. Swim lessons are also available. Not to be outdone, the Nienhuis Aquatic Facility is the newest aquatic facility in the Broken Arrow park system, with two huge flume slides and an Aqua Play system. For those with an appetite, Country Aire Park Pool is the only municipal pool that allows food and drink in the facility.

“In the summer, our family enjoys all the pools, splash pads and playgrounds,” says Broken Arrow resident April Salisbury. “In the fall and winter we like to run or bike on all the trails around town. The ability to spend so much time outside with your family is amazing.” 

Golf Courses

In Broken Arrow, getting your golf on can happen at every turn. Available courses feature pristine views, challenging holes and private instruction.

Forest Ridge Golf Course, Battle Creek Golf Course and Emerald Falls Golf Club are three top-quality public courses that offer a wide range of amenities. Emerald Falls was selected by Golf Digest as one of America’s Best New Public Courses in the nation, and Forest Ridge was opened in 1989 as the area’s first upscale public golf facility.

Broken Arrow Golf and Athletic Club lets guests choose from a variety of family membership packages to fit their lifestyle and budget, and boasts a 10,200-square-foot clubhouse with a state-of-the-art fitness center.

The Club at Indian Springs has undergone more than $1 million in renovations. In addition to its two golf courses, full-service pub and grill facilities, improvements to the 38,000-square-foot clubhouse include flooring, updated fitness equipment, security system upgrades, new furniture and resurfaced pool areas and tennis courts.

The Golf Club of Oklahoma has been distinguished as a 2013 Best of the Best winner by Oklahoma Magazine. It’s not hard to see why, as the club features a championship layout designed by Tom Fazio, exclusive guest cottages on property and a vast array of amenities and services for golf, dining and beyond.

Privately owned Cedar Ridge Country Club offers guests a Joe Finger-designed course, rated among the top 100 courses by Golf Digest, and the club opened a new fitness center in late 2012.

Nature Attractions

The Ray Harral Nature Center is surrounded by the 40-acre Ray Harral Nature Park. The park gives guests the chance to connect with nature on numerous trails, rough nature areas, a flowering garden and more. In addition, Neinhuis Park features a pond stocked with blue gill and catfish.

Skate Park

Nienhuis Skate Park really brings the street fun to Broken Arrow. Opened in 2007, guests can test their skateboarding, cycling, roller skating and scooter abilities on the large bowl, walls, ramps and street scene area every day. The facility is self-regulated and has a surveillance camera.

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