Thursday, June 29, 2017 1:34 pm
Downtown Oklahoma City's MAPS 3 downtown park will be known as Scissortail Park.
The name was revealed Thursday at a ceremony marking the start of park construction.
Children wearing white T-shirts, each with a letter, lined up to spell out the name before dozens of elected and civic leaders, and others, gathered at the foot of Skydance bridge for the groundbreaking.
The scissor-tailed flycatcher is the state bird of Oklahoma and inspiration for the Skydance bridge, which will connect the upper and lower sections of the $138 million, 68-acre park.
Construction of the 37-acre upper park began this month.
Against a backdrop of children flying kites and tossing frisbees, Mayor Mick Cornett envisioned the park serving generations to come, with each succeeding generation re-imagining the space, for its time and place in the unfolding history of the city.
The park also is envisioned as a catalyst for re-development of a blighted residential and commercial district on the south fringe of downtown, an area largely condemned to decay by the original elevated Interstate 40.