MAPS is Oklahoma City’s visionary capital improvement program for quality of life improvement projects. MAPS was funded by a five-year, one-cent sales tax passed by Oklahoma City voters in December 1993. The initiative called for the renovation and/or construction of nine major projects in Oklahoma City’s central business district. Since MAPS passage in 1993, Oklahoma City has seen more than $5 billion in new public and private investment throughout the city.
The nine MAPS projects took 10 years to complete, much of that time coexisting with Oklahoma City’s efforts to rebuild after the tragic 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. In the past 20 years, after rising together in the face of tragedy, the city has experienced a major renaissance that continues today and is a model for communities across the nation.
This December marks the 20th anniversary of the passage of the original Metropolitan Area Projects (MAPS). Join us on the floor of the Chesapeake Energy Arena for a MAPS Celebration, Friday, Dec. 6, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy exciting elements from the Oklahoma City Thunder game day experience followed by the introduction of the key players from MAPS, including Mayors Norick, Humphreys and Cornett. Click here to find out more and purchase tickets.
(To Be Announced)
B.C. Clark Jewelers
City of Oklahoma City
Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
Oklahoma City Events & Entertainment
Oklahoma City Thunder
Oklahoma History Center
SMG & Chesapeake Arena
Chesapeake Energy Corporation
Devon Energy Corporation
Frankfurt Short Bruza & Associates, PC
SONIC, America's Drive-In
VI Marketing & Branding
Waste Management of Oklahoma
Johnson & Associates
Jones Public Relations, Inc.
Midland Management Company
Nonna’s Euro-American Restaurant and Bar
Norick Investment Company, LLC
Oklahoma City Jazz Festival
Oklahoma Municipal Contractors Association
OKC Friday Newspaper
Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum
Rotary Club of Oklahoma City
South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce
Triad Design Group
AGC of Oklahoma
The Association of Oklahoma General Contractors
Oklahoma Municipal Contractors Association
State Fairgrounds ($14 million): In addition to housing one of the nation’s largest state fairs, the fairgrounds host a number of national horse shows, which have a significant impact on the local economy. Substantial improvements were needed to retain the horse shows and maintain the viability of the fairgrounds as a year-round venue for a variety of other shows and events. The renovation, which was completed in the fall of 1998, included a new livestock show facility and horse barns, expansion of the Fairgrounds Arena and improvements to five exhibit buildings, helping to retain Oklahoma City’s reign as Horse Show Capital of the World.
Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark ($34 million): The 12,000-seat, vintage-style ballpark opened in the spring of 1998 and now offers a full lineup of Oklahoma Redhawks Triple-A baseball games. The ballpark is used year-round, playing host to a variety of other community events, including the “Big 12” baseball tournament, outdoor concerts, an annual 4th of July fireworks show and Downtown in December festivities.
Bricktown Canal ($23 million):The mile-long waterway, which opened in July 1999, weaves through a diverse collection of restaurants, clubs and shops in Bricktown. Pedestrian walkways allow full access to the canal, while the popular Water Taxi offers visitors an alternate form of transportation to Bricktown’s many destinations.
Cox Convention Center ($60 million): This renovation and expansion project, which was completed in August 1999, added more than 100,000 square feet to the facility, including a new 25,000-square-foot ballroom, extensive pre-function and lobby areas and 21 new meeting rooms. The Convention Center’s communications capabilities include fiber optic cable and wiring for high-speed data transmission, as well as provisions for computer and video conferencing. The Cox Center Arena is home to the Oklahoma City Barons, the Oilers’ American Hockey League Team.
Civic Center Music Hall ($53 million): Originally constructed in 1936 with Works Progress Administration (WPA) funds, the renovated music hall reopened to rave reviews from performers and audiences alike in the fall of 2001. The newly remodeled facility went from a 3,200-seat auditorium to a 2,500-seat European-style venue with five levels of balconies and boxes, and modern acoustics. Home to seven of Oklahoma City’s professional arts organizations, the Civic Center hosts nearly 600 world-class shows each year. A five-story atrium between the original building’s lobby and the new auditorium offers a space for pre-show functions.
Chesapeake Energy Arena ($88 million): This 20,000-seat sporting and special event venue was completed in June 2002. Home to the Oklahoma City Thunder NBA team, the Oklahoma City Arena is also host to A-List performers, family entertainment, and other sporting events, including, the NCAA Division One Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Trolley System ($5 million): Nine turn-of-the-century-replica, rubber-tired trolleys were created to circulate through Oklahoma City’s downtown, providing visitors and residents alike easy access to the Central Business District and Bricktown Entertainment District. In 2013, the trolleys were replaced by the Downtown Discovery buses.
Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library ($22 million): This four-story, 112,000-square-foot downtown library opened to the public in August 2004. In addition to 175,000 books, periodicals, CDs and videos, the library features a 138-seat theater, an atrium, and quality meeting rooms and computers with internet access for community use.
Oklahoma River ($54 million): This once dry riverbed has been transformed into a thriving seven-mile long waterway that is now an official Olympic training site and is bordered by a variety of recreational amenities, including a 26,000-foot skate park. The Chesapeake Boathouse was the first structure to grace the banks of the revitalized river, and was later joined by the Devon Boathouse, the Chesapeake Finish Line Tower and the SandRidge Sky Trail. Two additional boathouses are planned for the district, along with a new whitewater facility which will be built as part of MAPS 3.