Aerial photo of a concert of Scissortail Park

New Park Opens in Downtown Oklahoma City

In September, Oklahoma City officials and residents celebrated the opening of the Upper Park, a portion of what will be the 70-acre Scissortail Park. This public space was created from funds generated by Metropolitan Area Projects (MAPS) 3, an $805 million, debt-free capital improvement plan, which was funded by a 1-cent sales tax initiative.

The grand opening celebration included a ribbon cutting with Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt and other dignitaries, as well as a concert including rock bands Broncho and Republican Hair, who prepared the crowd for Oklahoma’s own Kings of Leon. The event, which was attended by 28,000, ended with a fireworks display over Scissortail Lake.

The Park, located south of Myriad Botanical Gardens, continues south close to the shore of the Oklahoma River. It features a variety of engaging experiences for visitors including ornamental gardens and woodlands, a 3.7 acre lake, children’s playground and water fountains, seasonal roller rink, dog park, picnic grove, restaurant and performance stage and great lawn.

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