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Whitewater park advances to Oklahoma City council

Hopes are to begin construction soon, and finish in time to host Olympic trials in 2016.
by William Crum Published: August 14, 2014

Now having cleared two advisory groups, plans for the whitewater recreation center on the Oklahoma River will go to the city council Aug. 26 for final approval on the project’s $33.4 million construction contract.

On Thursday, the MAPS 3 Citizens Advisory Board voted to move ahead with plans for the center. The 11-member panel endorsed a proposal that increases the construction budget by $13.6 million, preserving the amenities for athletes, recreational paddlers and visitors that are viewed as keys to the project’s success.

The whitewater center’s final cost — including construction, land acquisition, design and other costs — will be $48.5 million.

The center will be a training and competition venue for Olympic-caliber athletes, while offering recreational opportunities for children and adults. Hopes are to host the 2016 U.S. Olympic canoeing and kayaking trials at the center.

by William Crum
OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman.
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