Oklahoma City's Boathouse District is an exciting place. Hundreds of people converge at the Oklahoma River each week. The combination of elite-level training and community programs is creating an active river culture, inspiring Olympians, Paralympians and hopefuls, both on and off the water.
As our elite athletes set their sights on the 2016 Olympic Games, we'll bring more of that Olympic excitement to our venue. Everyone can get involved. We're working to bring more of the Olympic excitement to the venue with the addition of rock climbing, a stationary jumper for practicing aerials and state-of-the-art indoor swimming, mountain biking, rowing and paddling machines at the newly renovated Chesapeake Boathouse.
Soon we'll have the world's tallest Sky Trail ropes course, a major attraction for outdoor fun and fitness seekers. Permanent river lighting will be in place for the spring competition season, giving us the chance to host night racing for all levels of competitors.
The addition of the SandRidge Youth Pavilion, complete with a dramatic gathering point for innovative youth programs, a zip line spanning 700 feet across the river and even surfing will change the landscape of the Boathouse District. A white-water center for kayaking and rafting will take the area to a whole new level as a sports and recreation destination.
We embrace the opportunity to affect change to create a community of healthy, active citizens and to put Oklahoma City on the map as a destination for tourists from around the world.
Mike Knopp, Oklahoma City
Knopp is executive director of the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation.