Tag Archives: Oklahoma River

River revamp

The river was carved out by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the 1950s. It was virtually dry for years, until the first MAPS initiative in the early 1990s paid for dams and locks to fill it with water. In 2005, the $3.5 million Chesapeake Boathouse opened. It was followed by a boathouse sponsored

Consultant presents options for downtown park

A model of one option for the MAPS 3 downtown park that includes a lake. It was one of three options presented to the public Oct. 25 at the downtown library. Photo by Kelley Chambers Mary Margaret Jones, with park consultant Hargreaves Associates, presented conceptual designs Oct. 25 at the second public meeting  at the

MAPping expectations

The park seems to be on track, but other MAPS projects have faced cutbacks even before they began. Despite voters approving a $280 million convention center when MAPS 3 passed in 2009, the project received a haircut last year when the City Council members voted to put $30 million of those funds into a contingency

MAPS park meeting scheduled

The 70-acre park is budgeted at $132 million with an upper park and a lower park. The upper section will sit north of the realigned Interstate 40 near Downtown, and the lower section will reach from the interstate south to the Oklahoma River. At the first meeting, on Sept. 13, about 130 people attended to

Public meeting set for park plans

The park is one of eight voter-approved, $777 million MAPS projects set for completion in the coming decade. At $132 million, the park will include an upper 40-acre park north of Interstate 40, and a 30-acre lower park from the interstate south to the Oklahoma River. It is within the boundaries of Hudson to the

OKC continues to receive top honors

More recently, CNNMoney named Oklahoma City “Most Business-Friendly City” in the United States, noting its low cost of living and booming oil and natural gas industries. According to the report, more than 6,000 small businesses participated in a survey of the nation’s 40 largest metro areas. While the methodologies of these “best” lists are not

Rollin’ on the river

Rowing and other sports and activities in Oklahoma City’s Boathouse District aren’t all about attracting visitors and boosting the city’s image, although those issues are important, says Elizabeth Laurent, senior director of marketing at the OKC Boathouse Foundation. The district also is making a huge economic difference to a city quickly becoming famous worldwide for

Chesapeake Energy Corporation and Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation to christen Chesapeake Finish Line Tower

The world-class structure will be welcomed and presented by Chesapeake Energy Corporation as a gift to Oklahoma City in recognition of the significant role the community has played in the company’s success during the past 22 years. The tower is equipped with the newest in race technology and consists of four levels with 12-foot glass

Regatta Festival Returns to the Oklahoma River

The four-day event, scheduled for Sept. 29 to Oct. 2, will include the USA Rowing World Challenge, corporate rowing, the blu VIP party, OCU’s Head of the Oklahoma Regatta, the OGE NightSprints and a family festival. OCU Rowing Coach and Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation Executive Director Mike Knopp said the Oklahoma Regatta Festival has become