Downtown Oklahoma City park moves forward with MAPS 3 board vote
BY MICHAEL KIMBALL NewsOK.com
Friday, May 25, 2012
OKLAHOMA CITY - The MAPS 3 Citizen Advisory Board approved project requirements Thursday that leave no doubt the Core to Shore park is the most ambitious urban green space endeavor in the state.
The term requirements is slightly misleading, because the 17-page document must be approved by the City Council and serves only as a starting point for more public involvement down the line. But the MAPS 3 parks subcommittee spent months talking to stakeholders, city residents and consultants and created the framework for the massive project that shows what people have expressed the most interest in.
The 70-acre park, which will stretch from the south end of downtown to the Oklahoma River in upper and lower sections joined by the Skydance Bridge, also is intended to spur private development along its edges in what is currently a blighted swath of the urban core.
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An artist's drawing of what part of the MAPS 3 urban park would look like. Provided to NewsOK.com