Busy weekend planned in downtown Oklahoma City

There's a lot going on this weekend in downtown Oklahoma City. The Festival of the Arts, Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon and its expo, a Thunder playoff game, three RedHawks games and performances at the Civic Center Music Hall are all scheduled Friday through Sunday.
BY MICHAEL KIMBALL mkimball@opubco.com Published: April 27, 2012
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It's not the best timing for a busy weekend, but the demolition schedule is critical, ODOT spokeswoman Terri Angier said.

“Not having it is just not an option when we've been saying for six years, ‘This is when we're going to start working,' and it's now happening,” Angier said.

She said business owners and event organizers who will be affected by future closures should contact ODOT to help minimize disruption.

“This is really the beginning of when we need everybody's patience, not the end of it.”

Finding parking

Staggered start times for the various popular events should help the parking situation, but spaces will be at a premium this weekend, said Debi Holtzclaw, the Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority's parking services director.

Still, there should still be enough parking to go around.

People should have some backup options to their preferred parking spot, and keep their heads on a swivel once they approach where they're going.

“I wouldn't be picky,” Holtzclaw said. “If you find a spot, I'd take it.”

The Oklahoma weather could also be a factor this weekend, as it was last year when a hailstorm, the marathon, a Thunder playoff game and the arts festival all started before lunch one day.

There's at least a slight chance for thunderstorms in Oklahoma City from Saturday afternoon through Sunday night, according to the National Weather Service.