An organizing committee announced Friday they are set to host a series of events marking the upcoming 20th anniversary of the vote for the original Metropolitan Area Projects.
The MAPS ballot, passed on Dec. 14, 1993, was an unprecedented initiative in Oklahoma City history that funded — debt-free — a series of major capital improvements: a new arena, a new ballpark, a new library, river restoration, the Bricktown Canal, a makeover of the convention center, Civic Center Music Hall and State Fair Park, and a downtown transit system.
The penny sales tax, passed for five years and extended six months to ensure construction of the arena, raised more than $360 million.
The Steering Committee will host several community activities leading up to the anniversary, including a special exhibit at the Oklahoma History Center, events at all of the original MAPS venues and a special event at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on Dec. 6. Information about the events can be found at www.okcchamber.com/celebratemaps.
Former Mayor Ron Norick, who launched MAPS, and former Mayor Kirk Humphreys, who oversaw its completion, were joined by current Mayor Mick Cornett in announcing the festivities.
“Looking back over the past 20 years, I can easily see how the original MAPS projects changed the trajectory of this city,” Norick said. “Our city's success is an extension of the investment from our citizens. When we celebrate MAPS, we are celebrating a turning point in Oklahoma City's history.”