OKC makes progress on Scissortail Park

Published Tuesday, April 2, 2019
by Brian Brus

Heavy rains have given the Scissortail Park a significant lead on filling its central pond for the quickly approaching opening this fall, MAPS 3 project manager David Todd said.

Pavers are being laid along Oklahoma Boulevard while landscaping crews are trying to get hundreds of trees planted before the season ends. There’s less and less time left to put all the pieces in place, he said. Todd has always been acutely aware of deadlines, but now he’s actually feeling excited about hitting the September date.

“With a project like this, you’ll go months and months of putting in the foundation, stuff you don’t see underground,” he said. “Like in this case, there’s seven miles of electrical conduit for lighting and communications.

“Now the lake is taking shape. You’ll see sod going down. … It’s really starting to look like a real park,” he said, adding that fencing is still in place to keep people from hurting themselves. “It’s not too often that you get to build a park of this size. I can’t wait to see people out in the park, enjoying it.”

And the park has attracted sponsors as well, at least for the four-day grand opening. Express Employment Professionals, Devon Energy and Downtown OKC Inc. announced their support Monday.

Maureen Heffernan, CEO and president of the Myriad Botanical Foundation and Scissortail Park Foundation, said the financial assistance will help support a wide range of programming planned for the weekend, such as concerts and other activities.

Express CEO Bill Stoller said in a prepared statement, “The park is an amazing addition to downtown Oklahoma City and serves as a beautiful outdoor venue for a wide range of activities that Oklahomans and visitors will enjoy for generations to come.”

Construction costs alone for the north part of the MAPS 3 park total about $60 million. The whole project budget is $132 million. Scissortail Park is one of several projects voters approved under the $777 million temporary tax issue about a decade ago, along with a convention center, downtown streetcar and river activity amenities.

The north section of the park extends from the new Oklahoma City Boulevard south to Interstate 40, and from S. Hudson Avenue east to S. Robinson Avenue. The south park section is bordered on the north by I-40, extending south to SW 10th Street between S. Walker Avenue and Robinson, and to SW 15th Street between S. Harvey and Robinson avenues.

The north section is slightly larger at 40 acres. The south 30 acres will be completed for public use in 2021.

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