Deal opens Bricktown Landing for Regatta Festival in Oklahoma City

The new link between Bricktown and the Oklahoma River was barricaded while Oklahoma City sought permission for pedestrians and bicyclists to cross under a Union Pacific Railroad bridge.
by William Crum Published: October 3, 2013
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Bricktown Landing will open Thursday, in time for the remainder of the Oklahoma Regatta Festival.

The new link between Bricktown and the Oklahoma River was barricaded while Oklahoma City officials sought permission for pedestrians and bicyclists to cross under a Union Pacific Railroad bridge.

Under a deal worked out Wednesday, guards from a company called RailPros will monitor the Landing's sidewalk and trail. They'll hold walkers and cyclists when freight trains pass overhead.

It's expected to cost about $6,000 for the guards. They're being arranged by the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation, said Pat Downes, development director for the River Trust.

Situated at the south end of the Bricktown Canal near the Centennial Land Run Monument, Bricktown Landing includes a boat dock and a trail and sidewalk leading to the Chesapeake Boathouse and Regatta Park Landing.

The Boathouse Foundation is expecting up to 2,700 athletes and 20,000 spectators for the Regatta Festival, which runs through Sunday.

Many planned to stay in Bricktown so they could walk, via Bricktown Landing, between the entertainment district and the river.

Once the Regatta Festival ends, Bricktown Landing will close until the city and Union Pacific finalize a permanent deal to use the passageway beneath the railroad bridge.

That should come in plenty of time for the Holiday River Parade in November, Downes said.

by William Crum
Reporter
OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman.
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