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.