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MAPS 3 Update: 4/18/2014

Operating partner agreements advance for two Senior Health and Wellness Centers
Two nonprofit organizations have signed binding terms sheets to operate two of the MAPS 3 Senior Health and Wellness Centers. City Council approved Healthy Living and Fitness, Inc.’s agreement March 18. Healthy Living will operate a center located near NW 117 Street and Rockwell Avenue. The MAPS 3 Citizens Advisory Board has recommended an agreement with North Oklahoma County Community Mental Health Center, Inc. (NorthCare). The nonprofit would operate a center near Capitol Hill High School. City Council plans to consider NorthCare’s terms at its April 8 meeting.

Each terms sheet outlines the facilities and programming operating partners will be required to provide the public, including an aquatic element, exercise facilities and other amenities, with a goal of encouraging healthy lifestyles and serving as a gathering place for active seniors. Beyond these requirements, the operating partners will tailor their facilities to the needs of the surrounding communities.

From the Program Manager

This month, the portion of the Oklahoma River basin that was drained for construction has been refilled and is again available for use. The river was drained between Eastern Avenue and the Paul Brum Jr. Dam in December. The river is now equipped with a new lane-marking system, designed and installed by Hungarian subcontractor Polaritis. Buoys are attached to linking cables, which can be tightened or loosened from the shore to prepare the site for the high-level rowing competitions it will host. Foundations for starting towers and launching ramps were built and fiber-optic cable crossover conduits were installed while the river was drained.

The lane-marking system is a part of Phase II for the MAPS 3 river improvements project, intended to attract more events at the river and support ongoing community and university programs. The docks, starting system and lane-marking system are Phase II construction projects already available for use. Still to come in Phase II are LED lighting, cameras, irrigation, ramps, sound infrastructure and timing displays. Together, the Phase II improvements will cost approximately $5.5 million dollars, and are expected to be complete by summer.

Sidewalks

Description
• Designed to create a more walkable community
• Improve accessibility, safety and quality of life

Status
• Consultants have completed a master plan
• Phase 1 Projects 1 and 2 construction is underway
• Phase 1 Project 3 contract has been awarded
• Phase 2 is in design
• City Council approved an additional $9 million for sidewalks; consultant selection is underway

Oklahoma River Improvements

Description
• Whitewater facility to offer rafting, kayaking and canoeing for all skill levels
• Enhanced rowing and paddling venue
• Lighting and windscreens
• Racecourse improvements
• Grandstand, stage and additional improvements

Status
• Racecourse starting and lane-marking systems have been installed
• Construction on racecourse lighting is complete
• Windscreens are in design
• Consultants are designing the public Whitewater facility
• Construction of Phase 2 racecourse improvements is underway

Downtown Public Park

Description
• Envisioned to entice our community to spend time outdoors and encourage healthier lifestyles
• Place to enjoy concerts, festivals, play, picnic or exercise
• 70 acres total within the boundaries of Hudson Ave., Robinson Ave., the future Boulevard and the Oklahoma River

Status
• City Council approved a Master Plan
• Site acquisition is underway
• Environmental assessment is underway and utility investigations are complete
• Utility relocations are being planned

Oklahoma State Fairgrounds Improvements

Description
• Replace aging public event buildings that citizens use year-round
• Guided by State Fair Park Master Plan
• Includes parking and site improvements and a new expo building

Status
• Consultants have completed preliminary design on the expo building and final design/construction documents are underway.
• Construction on Phase 1 of parking and site improvements is underway

Downtown Convention Center

Description
• Replace the aging convention center facility
• Necessary to attract larger conventions to Oklahoma City

Status
• Site has been recommended after a site location study
• Site appraisals are underway and land acquisition is being planned
• Consultants are in the process of completing conceptual design

Modern Streetcar/Transit

Description
• Rail-based streetcar system
• Anticipated to connect other MAPS 3 elements
• Will serve downtown vicinity
• Includes a maintenance facility

Status
• City Council approved a consultant-recommended route framework
• Santa Fe Railroad station was acquired for use as an Intermodal Transit Hub
• Federal funding was announced for renovation of Santa Fe Railroad station
• Architecture/Engineering consultant selection is underway for the hub renovation
• Consultants recommended a site for the streetcar maintenance facility
• Preliminary engineering design is underway

Trails

Description
• Ideal for bicycling, walking and running
• This proposed expansion includes: trails connecting Lake Hefner to the North Canadian River (The I-44 West Trail), connections from Lake Overholser to the North Canadian Central Greenway (West River/Lake Overholser Trail), a loop trail around Lake Stanley Draper and connection from the Grand Boulevard Trail to the Earlywine Trail (Lake Draper Trail and Airport Trail).
• Guided by the Oklahoma City Trails Master Plan

Status
• Construction on the first project of the West River Trail has begun
• Land acquisition is underway on Project 2 of the West River Trail
• Design has begun on the I-44 West Trail

Senior Health and Wellness Centers

Description
• Each of the facilities is to reflect the needs of the surrounding community
• Centers will encourage healthy lifestyles for active seniors
• Centers will be geographically distributed
• Amenities could include a gym, indoor walking track, fitness trail, classrooms, lap pool, therapy pool, social lounge space, library, areas for art, games and computer access

Status
• Operating partner agreements have advanced for two Senior Health and Wellness Centers
• A design architect has been chosen for the first center
• City Staff are negotiating contracts with two potential operating partners
• Architect/Engineer search is underway for the second center