Celebrating 10 years on the Oklahoma River

Thursday, January 28, 2016

By David Morris
The Oklahoman

Remember the North Canadian River? Growing up in Oklahoma City, I remember driving, well, riding, north up May Avenue towards the fairgrounds. It was always a reason to gauge the width of the water below. Often, it wasn't very wide.

That's what I remember growing up in Oklahoma City back in the 1970s. But the now-named Oklahoma River has plenty of water and plenty of dreams, like Olympic-hopeful-sized dreams.

North Canadian River in the 1950s near Agnew Avenue. It would become the Oklahoma River.

I asked Mike Knopp if he knew what he wanted to be when he grew up. Even Knopp, the executive director of the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation, didn't dream of a world-class Olympic sporting facility just south of downtown.

The Chesapeake Boathouse opened in January of 2006. That boathouse was the first in the Boathouse District along the Oklahoma River. This January marks its 10th anniversary.

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And here's a video that gives you a virtual tour of the RIVERSPORT Rapids: