uot;This addresses that, but it also does a whole lot more. We’ve been listening to the voters. This is what we think they are telling us.”
Filling the ‘gap’
Cornett has compared the downtown park to Discovery Park in Houston, Millennium Park in Chicago and Centennial Park in Atlanta. It would serve as a central gathering spot for downtown events and a green space connecting the Oklahoma River and downtown after the Interstate 40 Crosstown Expressway is relocated.
"We know that with the transformation of I-40, we are going to have a big empty gap there,” Ward 7 Councilman Skip Kelly said. "Now we have a large common area for everyone, including visitors to the city.”
Other projects will stretch beyond downtown, including $40 million for new bicycling and walking trails and $50 million for aquatic centers.
"I think we have something in the package for all our citizens,” Ward 6 Councilwoman Meg Salyer said. "A little bit unlike MAPS 1, we’ve reached out to the whole city.”
City leaders now have less than three months to convince voters the plan is worth their sales tax dollars.
Cornett said the city has kept its promises on previous MAPS proposals and will be diligent with MAPS 3, as well.
"I do think we have some level of voter confidence,” Cornett said. "But we want that same level of confidence to be passed on to future city leaders.”