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Glimpse of a Future Steak Dinner

by Steve Lackmeyer Published: September 5, 2013
The future White Water Rapids planned along the Oklahoma River
The future White Water Rapids planned along the Oklahoma River

Whenever I comment about the ups and downs of MAPS, I go back to the old analogy of witnessing the butchering of the steer before we get to enjoy the steak dinner. I’m often confused as the originator of the quote, but time and again I am careful to note it belongs to Devery Youngblood, who back in 1997 was tasked by the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber with trying to tame the public’s negative outlook on the then unproven public improvements initiative.
Once again we have a MAPS program – MAPS 3 – that is going through some turbulent times. But sometimes you get a glimpse of what’s to come, and you begin to realize it may turn out OK – especially if various parties work together to work out conflicts and concerns.
One project that isn’t getting a lot of attention is the White Water Rapids set to be built along the Oklahoma River along the Riversport Adventure attractions. The above rendering gives us a glimpse of what it might look like. Now we get a glimpse of the testing and design now underway:

And for those who missed it, here’s a video done on a similar venue in Charlotte, N.C. that was produced during the 2009 MAPS 3 campaign:
by Steve Lackmeyer
Business Reporter
Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter and columnist who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's Metropolitan...
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