The Downtown Public Park will be a place where the community can gather to play, picnic, enjoy concerts, exercise and attend festivals. The park is envisioned to entice the community to spend time outdoors, encourage a healthier lifestyle and improve the quality of life in Oklahoma City. A previous design concept, developed for the City’s Core to Shore Master Plan, may influence the final design of the Downtown Public Park. The recently renovated Myriad Botanical Gardens could also influence the types of facilities and programs included in the Downtown Public Park.
Hargreaves Associates introduced three conceptual Downtown Park drawings during a public meeting held at the Downtown Library on October 25. The final design will likely incorporate the preferred elements from all three drawings. View the presentation here. Comments regarding the presentation can be sent here. The last public meeting regarding park design is expected to take place this winter.
Download the presentation from the September 13 Downtown Park community meeting. (PDF)
The Downtown Public Park consists of a 40-acre upper section and a 30-acre lower section connected by the pedestrian bridge that spans the relocated Interstate 40 Freeway. The park is within the boundaries of Hudson Avenue on the west, Robinson Avenue on the east, the future Boulevard on the north (SW 3rd St.) and the Oklahoma River on the south.
The project will be completed in three phases to include:
The first phase of the upper section is scheduled to begin early in the program. The second phase of the upper section is scheduled to begin near the midpoint of the program. The lower section is scheduled to begin near the end of the program.