Plans call for the addition of landscaping, public art, marked bike lanes, decorative street lighting, outdoor furniture and hundreds of new curbside parking spaces. Construction will begin after the 2010 Festival of the Arts and will include the renovation on Robinson, Park Avenue, Dean A. McGee, Reno and Walker. The first phase will also include a $30 million makeover of the Myriad Gardens. Changes will the addition of a grand performance lawn and amphitheater, a children’s discovery garden and play area, water features, an ice skating rink, a restaurant and café, a dog release area and the addition of a new grand entrance to the Crystal Bridge Conservatory.
Phase two will begin in 2011 and include reconstruction on NW 5, Robert S Kerr, E Main Street, California, Sheridan, Hudson, N Robinson and E.K. Gaylord. Also included will be renovation of the grand lawn at City Hall. The last phase is slated for 2012 and includes NW 4, W Main Street, Broadway, Harvey and N Walker. The final phase also will include the renovation of Bicentennial Park, located in front of the Civic Center Music Hall. Construction is set to be completed by January 2014. The improvements are funded through Tax Increment Financing (TIF) from construction of the Devon Tower ($115 million) and General Obligation Bonds passed in the 2007 bond election ($24,585,000). Summary and detail of Core to Shore Construction of the Interstate 40 Crosstown Expressway south of downtown is moving the route several blocks south. When the new highway is completed in 2012, city and state officials hope to see a new boulevard (which is not funded) take its place. Voters in December approved MAPS 3, which will pay for a new central park in the Core to Shore area, just south of the proposed boulevard. The ballot also provides funding for a new convention center. Core to Shore is an effort to redevelop the remaining area between the current highway alignment, the new highway and the Oklahoma River. To learn more about Core to Shore, visit http://www.okc.gov/planning/coretoshore/index.html Summary and detail of Devon project Construction on the $750 million Devon Energy headquarters in October 2009. The project, just north of the Myriad Gardens, includes a 50-story tower, a six-story “podium” building, a rotunda and an auditorium. The project is due to be finished by 2014. MAPS 3 The latest installment of MAPS will add a central park, convention center and a streetcar system to the city’s urban core. For more information visit http://newsok.com/maps3