The seven-mile stretch of the North Canadian River that is known as the Oklahoma River will celebrate a milestone this month as the MAPS 3 RIVERSPORT Rapids opens to the public. This world-class facility at the Boathouse District is a tangible example of the public-private partnerships that are responsible for much of the momentum that Oklahoma City is experiencing today.
Despite years of neglect, the river had untapped potential and leaders like former Chamber Chair Ray Ackerman and former Oklahoma City Mayor Ron Norick believed in what was possible. The original MAPS projects that passed in 1993 included a river development portion that laid the foundation for the growth, but it was the innovation and ingenuity of the private sector, particularly under the leadership of Mike Knopp and Aubrey McClendon, that took something good and turned it into something extraordinary.
As we celebrate the culmination of decades of hard work and dedication at the Boathouse District, I look forward to the ideas this will inspire for development throughout our community. Oklahoma City is still a place for dreamers––for people who can take something good and turn it into something extraordinary. As a member of this community, now is the time to build the next great thing. I can’t wait to see what you will create next.