Construction on the lighting improvements is expected to begin this year.
MAPS 3 has an estimated total budget of $777 million, paid for by the latest version of a penny sales tax first approved in the 1990s. The projects are the river improvements, a convention center, a modern downtown streetcar, an urban downtown park, more and improved trails and sidewalks, improvements to State Fair Park and four senior health and wellness centers.
A companion item recommended by the board Thursday is a payment of up to $442,000 to the Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. for utility improvements in the area.
The lights and elements of the white-water course, which is also part of the MAPS 3 Oklahoma River improvements, require vastly more power than is available with current electric infrastructure along the river, city Public Works Director Eric Wenger said.
“It's not a household current when we talk about the electricity we're seeking down there,” Wenger said.