"Oklahoma City's Golden Age Continues"

On December 8, 2009, Oklahoma City citizens voted to pass MAPS 3, a continuance of the one-cent tax that originally funded the rejuvenation of the Oklahoma River and which has been instrumental in the positive momentum in our city. The projects approved last night include $60 million in improvements to the Oklahoma River including construction of

– permanent grandstands with a floating stage
– additional race course infrastructure, including a pneumatic starting system
– scoreboard and sound system
– wind screens on the south shore of the river
– permanent lighting for night racing
– expanded parking and staging areas including additional boat ramps and docks
– addition of elevators and stairways to the Lincoln Bridge
– a whitewater kayak and rafting center adjacent to the river

The MAPS initiative also includes a 70-acre downtown park, a public transit component, a new convention center, new trail systems throughout the city, senior aquatic centers, and improvements our state fair park. All together, it is a $777 million package of improvements for Oklahoma City.

As Mayor Mick Cornett proclaimed at the victory party, Oklahoma City's golden age continues! The vision for the future of the Oklahoma River is now brighter and more exciting than ever. As construction continues on the Boathouse District, timelines and plans will be developed for the Oklahoma River MAPS 3 projects. The momentum surrounding the river, projects, events, and programs will be greater than ever in 2010!