Oklahoma City: MAPS timeline

A look at the progression of projects from the passage of the first MAPS tax to completion of the downtown library 11 years later.
BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@opubco.com Modified: December 2, 2013 at 2:24 pm •  Published: December 8, 2013

December 1993: Voters approve MAPS, and Assistant City Manager Jim Thompson named to oversee it.

1995: Oklahoma City bombing slows MAPS planning.

Early 1996: Bids come in millions over budget for ballpark.

Spring 1996: Work begins on horse barns, arena at State Fair Park.

August 1996: Ballpark construction starts.

Fall 1996: Plans for a 2.7-mile passenger rail system are abandoned after a $10 million U.S. Senate appropriation is blocked by Rep. Ernest Istook, who argues the transit line would carry too few passengers. Istook later works with the city to match the $3 million in MAPS transit money with federal funding for a rubber-tire trolley system.

Early 1997: Estimates for the Civic Center, canal and Myriad Convention Center projects show construction will cost more than budgeted.

Summer 1997: Convention center expansion and canal construction begin.

November 1997: Mayor Ron Norick announces he will not seek re-election.

January 1998: City Manager Don Bown retires and is succeeded by Glenn Deck.

February 1998: Assistant City Manager Jim Couch named new director of MAPS program.

Also, Ward 8 Councilman Guy Liebmann and former Putnam City School Board President Kirk Humphreys battle for mayor's office. Liebmann wants to “shelve” arena to end budget shortfalls

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