It is amazing what can happen when people come together with a shared vision, and nowhere has this been more amazing than in the Boathouse District at the Oklahoma River. In a unique partnership, Oklahoma City’s corporate community, city leaders, private donors and people in the community have combined energy and resources to create a transformation rarely seen in any city.
The visions began with city leaders who saw potential in the Oklahoma River – a potential that was fulfilled by the first MAPS project, a one-cent tax approved by voters to improve our city. Their investment has paid off across the city, and especially at the Oklahoma River.
As water began flowing in the Oklahoma River in 2004, a handful of visionaries in the private sector saw the potential of the river and invested in the construction of the Chesapeake Boathouse, the first structure to grace the banks of the Oklahoma River. City leaders and the Oklahoma Rivertrust Redevelopment Authority took a leadership role in ensuring the development of the river, and the unique public-private partnership was born.
Today, the partnership continues with private donations funding the construction of each of the boathouses and the finish line tower, and with the passage of MAPS 3, the citizens of Oklahoma City again stepped forward with public funds for improving the river and construction a whitewater rafting and kayak center.
Please join us in recognizing all of those who are making this possible!