OKC Civic Affairs


Oklahoma City @ 125: A ballpark, a canal and dreams of a better city

by William Crum Published: April 17, 2014

The city’s revival — until now a popular idea represented mostly by drawings on paper — becomes tangible as MAPS projects drive redevelopment in Bricktown.

• In April 1998, the Oklahoma City Redhawks begin play at Bricktown Ballpark, marking completion of the first MAPS project.

• Tens of thousands of people gather for the opening of the Bricktown Canal on July 2, 1999.

• In 2000, redevelopment of Deep Deuce begins with construction of the $16 million, 294-unit Deep Deuce Apartments.

• A final fundraising drive is launched in 2001 as construction continues on the new downtown home for the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.

• After 85 years, the original vision for the state Capitol is completed in 2002 with addition of a dome topped by the 22-foot Native American statue The Guardian.

Source: City of Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City is marking its 125th anniversary with 125 facts about the city’s history.

by William Crum
OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman.
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