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Conceptual MAPS 3 Park Designs Unveiled

October 29, 2012

Three conceptual drawings for the 70-acre MAPS 3 downtown park were unveiled and discussed during a community meeting attended by approximately 85 people on Thursday night at the Downtown Library.

The three drawings can be viewed at www.okc.gov/maps3 and differ primarily in the way activity is programmed throughout the park. All three include Union Station as event area and takes site sustainability such as irrigation, stormwater use, preservation of existing trees and native plantings into consideration.

Model 1 consolidates most of the park’s amenities in the upper park and creates a passive, natural environment in the lower park. Major features in the upper park include a large plaza, great lawn and small lake with a bridge and paddle boats. The south park includes multi-use fields and shaded winding trails.

Model 2 distributes activity throughout the length of the park. It includes a large plaza, great lawn and large lake with paddleboats in the upper park. The south park shows recreational fields and other areas of activity leading to the Oklahoma River.

Model 3 distributes most of the activity along the east side of the park boundaries (Robinson Avenue) and creates a more passive environment along the west side of the park. The east side has a plaza, great lawn, gardens, sports areas and native gardens transitioning into wetlands towards the river. The west side of the park includes nature walks and multi-use fields.

Feedback from focus groups and more than 1,600 paper and online survey responses helped shape the park’s preliminary designs. The responses reflected strong interest in bike trails, picnic facilities, explorational play areas for children ages 6-12, paddle or rowboats, festival and concert space, farmers market area, nature walks, community gardens, landscape sustainability, shade structures, boardwalks along the Oklahoma River and reuse of Union Station.

This was second of three community meetings to solicit input on the 70-acre park. The final meeting will be held this winter.

“Our goal with these three concepts is to extend activity from downtown to the Oklahoma River then from the River back to downtown – much like a barbell,” designer Mary Margaret Jones said. “We want to build a park that residents will identify with, love and use.”

The $132 million park will be made up of a 40-acre upper section and a 30-acre lower section which is connected by Oklahoma City Skydance Bridge. The park is within the boundaries of Hudson to the west, Robinson to the east the Oklahoma City Boulevard to the north and the Oklahoma River on the south.

Residents can stay informed on all the MAPS projects by logging on to www.okc.gov/maps3 and signing up to receive the MAPS 3 newsletter.

About MAPS 3
MAPS 3 is a 10-year, $777 million construction program designed to improve the quality of life in Oklahoma City. It is funded by a one-cent tax initiative that began in April 2012 and ends in December 2017. MAPS 3 funds eight projects: Downtown Convention Center, Downtown Public Park,
Modern Streetcar/Transit, Oklahoma River Improvements, Oklahoma State Fairgrounds Improvements, Senior Health and Wellness Centers, Trails and Sidewalks. Log on to www.okc.gov/maps3 for project details and to read the implementation plan.

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