White Water Bay, 3908 W. Reno, plans to add new new attractions for the 2013 season, which begins May 18. Park officials say it is the largest expansion in more than 20 years.

The Cannon Bowl is a two-person, double-tube ride that is 317 feet long with a 41-foot drop. Riders will experience the adventure of a steep decent down a tunnel and into a bowl, where they revolve the outside perimeter before being dropped through the corkscrew exit.

The Pipeline Wave is a two-person, face-to-face tube ride.

It is 201 feet long with a 41-foot drop in which guests blast through enclosed tunnels and soar to the top of banked curves.


For the second year in a row, the Skirvin Hilton Hotel, 1 Park Ave., was named to U.S. News & World Report’s list of Best Hotels in the United States. The hotel earned recognition as the Best Hotel in Oklahoma City and the state of Oklahoma. The Skirvin Hilton is majority-owned and operated by Marcus Hotels & Resorts, in partnership with Skirvin Partners in Development.

The 2013 Best Hotels are calculated based on the aggregate opinion of travel experts and guests expressed through awards, recommendations and ratings.

Only five Hilton properties in the nation were included on the list. In total, 1,639 U.S. luxury hotels and 273 Caribbean hotels were analyzed for the 2013 rankings.


Meg Salyer and William Mee were elected to the Oklahoma City University board of trustees.

Salyer represents Ward 6 on the city of Oklahoma City Council. She also is president and CEO of Accel Financial Staffing and president of Broadway Realty.

Mee is a commercial real estate developer and asset manager with more than 23 years of regional and national experience. He owns and manages Pro Realty Real Estate Company.


A drive-thru was added to the Panera Bread location at 2200 W. Main in Norman. The first 50 people through the drive-thru on Feb. 19 received travel mugs with $5 Panera gift cards.


Von Maur, a department store chain based in Davenport, Iowa, is heading to Quail Springs Mall, thanks to help from the Oklahoma City Economic Development Trust. The request was made by General Growth Properties, the mall’s owner, and Von Maur.

The two entities plan to invest $20 million in the space. Sears is vacating 182,000 square feet that will be filled by Von Maur. It will fill the vacated Sears store.

The request was for development of new-to-market retailers. It includes $2 million in sales tax rebates over 10 years up to 0.5% of gross sales. Included is an annual cap starting at $225,000 in year one that climbs to $275,000 by year eight. To qualify, the retailer must bring in at least $27.5 million in annual sales for the first year, with $30 million minimum required for the remainder of the agreement.

Von Maur has 27 stores in 11 states.

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