Downtown Oklahoma City becoming the place for outdoor adventure

In coming years, the Oklahoma River Boathouse District may join the world’s best outdoor venues.

BY ED GODFREY Modified: April 29, 2012 at 1:09 am •  Published: April 29, 2012
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When it comes to the Boathouse District on the Oklahoma River, Mike Knopp, executive director of the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundations, thinks big.

Already a world-class venue for competitive rowing and kayaking, the Boathouse District may soon become one of the best venues in the world as MAPS 3 river enhancement projects get under way in the near future.

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AT A GLANCE

What projects are planned

for the Oklahoma River?

Among the future improvements planned for the Oklahoma River are:

• Installation of 500 meters of permanent lights along the north shore starting in May. This will make the Oklahoma River the only permanently lit rowing and kayaking course in the world, creating opportunities for year-round night time racing and events of all kinds.

• Windscreen construction is likely to begin this year. A 40-foot screen on the south shore will block prevailing wind and double as a projection screen for movies and graphics, another first-of-its-kind project in the world.

• Construction of a youth pavilion in the next two years, featuring a large gathering/expo area. It will have a completely enclosed all-glass building, classroom and concession space, and indoor surf park. Additional features planned for the area include a sky trail, 700-foot zip line, rock wall, spray ground and mountain bike trails. Construction of the sky trail will begin this summer.

• A youth adventure park also is scheduled for construction in the next three years. The proposed area will include a jumping zone, zip lines, a junior sky trail ropes course, outdoors fitness stations and a playground.

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