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
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uot;We’re complimenting each other. Where the ice rink ends up downtown is still under discussion.”

Jones said only the gardens or park will likely be home to an ice rink and that the central park would be a better fit for accommodating a larger venue. She said multiple amphitheaters might be a plus for downtown.

"It’s good to have both,” Jones said. "You can have something small happening in the Myriad Gardens and something large going on in the central park, and it’s that vibrancy and going back and forth that will make both better.”

Cornett said the gardens’ ice rink, however, is on its way to becoming a reality with his blessing. Conceptual plans were approved last week and more advanced schematic designs are to be submitted to the city council for approval next month. Construction is set to start in May.

"The Myriad Gardens should go ahead, be planned, and be in accordance with the streetscape projects and Devon tower and go ahead as if it’s free standing,” Cornett said.

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