Designer reveals plans for MAPS 3-funded park in Oklahoma City

BY STEVE LACKMEYER Modified: November 20, 2009 at 3:31 pm •  Published: October 30, 2009
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photo - The future Devon tower and Skydance pedestrian bridge over the future Interstate 40 can be seen in the background in this rendering of the proposed central park. RENDERING BY HARGREAVES ASSOCIATES
The future Devon tower and Skydance pedestrian bridge over the future Interstate 40 can be seen in the background in this rendering of the proposed central park. RENDERING BY HARGREAVES ASSOCIATES
An ice skating rink, model boat rentals, an amphitheater and restaurant are among the amenities planned for a proposed downtown central park.

At a MAPS 3 presentation hosted Thursday by the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, central park designer Mary Margaret Jones showed plans that call for a zigzagging lake surrounded by a great lawn, a large amphitheater for up to 15,000 people, a smaller amphitheater for 2,000 people, a large children’s play area, a dog park comparable to the one at Lake Hefner and a restaurant.

"This project is the kind of project we’re seeing in cities across the country and they are really transforming these communities,” said Jones, who is a senior principal at San Francisco-based Hargreaves Associates.

The 70-acre central park is expected to cost $130 million and is one of eight projects set to be funded by a 1-cent MAPS 3 sales tax being submitted to voters on Dec. 8. It would be built one block south of the Myriad Gardens and is the centerpiece of the Core to Shore development led by Mayor Mick Cornett.

A restaurant and ice skating rink, small children’s play area, a small fenced area for dogs, amphitheater for 5,000 people and model boat rentals meanwhile are among $30 million of improvements set to begin next year at the Myriad Gardens. The improvements are funded through a tax increment financing district requested by Devon Energy in conjunction with construction of its $750 million, 50-story headquarters just north of the gardens.

"I’m happy to say we (design teams on both projects) are working together very well,” Jones said when asked about the similarities of the two projects. Ongoing Coverage: MAPS3



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