December 10, 2009

OKC votes YES for MAPS!

Oklahoma City citizens voted yesterday to pass MAPS 3, a continuance of the one-cent tax that originally funded the rejuvenation of the Oklahoma River and which has been instrumental in the positive momentum in our city. The projects approved last night include $60 million in improvements to the Oklahoma River including construction of

– permanent grandstands with a floating stage
– additional race course infrastructure, including a pneumatic starting system
– scoreboard and sound system
– wind screens on the south shore of the river
– permanent lighting for night racing
– expanded parking and staging areas including additional boat ramps and docks
– addition of elevators and stairways to the Lincoln Bridge
– a whitewater kayak and rafting center adjacent to the river

The MAPS initiative also includes a 70-acre downtown park, a public transit component, a new convention center, new trail systems throughout the city, senior aquatic centers, and improvements our state fair park.  All together, it is a $777 million package of improvements for Oklahoma City.

The Mayor announces the victory.

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