Yet a visit to the Oklahoma River is a reminder that such big risks come with huge pay-offs. Just 15 years ago the river was an ugly ditch. Now it’s a vibrant recreational venue with boathouses, zip lines, a ropes course, playground and rowing courses.
Downtown Oklahoma City Inc. took over operations in Bricktown last year and quickly ramped up events and promotions. Dead and half-dead Bradford pear trees were pulled and replaced with more drought-resistant crape myrtles.
The little details are still needing attention, however. It’s not an indictment of those responsible — just an encouragement that further delays come at a cost.