A communication breakdown forced Oklahoma City to cancel Tuesday's planned Bricktown Landing dedication and cast doubt on whether the link between Bricktown and the Oklahoma River would open in time for this week's Oklahoma Regatta Festival.
The city needs the Union Pacific Railroad's permission to open the new Bricktown Landing channel and trails since they pass under a railroad bridge next to the newly aligned Interstate 40.
The Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation is expecting up to 2,700 athletes and 20,000 spectators for the Oklahoma Regatta Festival. Highlights include Oklahoma City University's Head of the Oklahoma rowing competition and a nighttime sprint rowing event.
Elizabeth Laurent, spokeswoman for the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation, said sponsors had hoped Bricktown Landing would open in time for the Regatta Festival.
The festival begins Wednesday with a canoe “marathon” — a warm-up for an international canoeing event to be hosted by Oklahoma City in 2014 — and runs through Sunday.
Many athletes and spectators planned to stay in Bricktown so they could walk, via Bricktown Landing, between the entertainment district and the river, Laurent said.
Bricktown Landing is a boat dock and trail connection situated at the foot of the Bricktown Canal.