Today, Mayor Mick Cornett unveiled the proposed MAPS 3 ballot with four council people at his side. He mentioned two other council members, Pat Ryan and Larry McAtee, who would have joined the press conference but were unable due to sickness and travel. The only council member I didn’t hear mentioned was Brian Walters, who has in the past questioned whether the original MAPS was beneficial to the city.
That having been said, it would appear as if a majority of the council have agreed to the following ballot, and unless there is an uprising against the following projects, what follows will be presented to voters on Dec. 8:
- A new, approximately 70-acre central park linking the core of downtown with the Oklahoma River
- A new rail-based streetcar system, plus potential funding for other rail transit initiatives, such as commuter lines and a transit hub
- A new downtown convention center
- Sidewalks to be placed on major streets and near facilities used by the public throughout the City
- 57 miles of new public bicycling and walking trails throughout the City
- Improvements to the Oklahoma River, including a public whitewater kayaking facility and upgrades intended to achieve the finest rowing racecourse in the world