The Chesapeake Finish-line Tower created a grand viewing stand for rowing and boating events. And two more boathouses, one for the University of Central Oklahoma and another for the University of Oklahoma, are in final planning stages.
Add to this mix the SandRidge Pavilion, nearing completion, which will add zip line, ropes courses and huge slide to the riverside attractions. An elaborate playground, meanwhile, is nearby thanks to Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Oklahoma.
MAPS 3 venues, including a viewing grandstand, night time lighting and a white water rapids course, will turn the Regatta Park area at Lincoln Boulevard into what Smith sees as a 21st century Delmar Gardens.
He might be right. So what's next for this vision? Consider that a few years ago, developer Grant Humphreys bought the Santa Monica pier Ferris wheel to be incorporated into a mixed-use development at the old Downtown Airpark along the south shore of the river west of Western Avenue.
That development has yet to take place as planned, and the Ferris wheel remains in storage.
But what if the Ferris wheel, which lights up at night, were to be added to the mix at Regatta Park? Add the eye-catching former landmark to the mix at Regatta Park, and the city might have an irresistible draw for motorists on nearby Interstates 35 and 40 to stop and check out a river that was once an embarrassment to the city.