(October 17, 2008) - City officials will host a ceremony to open the new North Point Recreation Area (Pt. 10) at Lake Stanley Draper on Tuesday, October 28. Festivities begin at 1:30 p.m. City Council is scheduled to accept completion of the project during that morning’s City Council meeting.
Included in the development are two new parking lots, a new playground, two volleyball courts, three picnic shelters, a walking path with additional picnic areas and an ADA-accessible fishing pier, boat ramp and courtesy dock. Extensive landscaping and a new access road to the area are also included.
“Lake Stanley Draper is one of our untapped recreation jewels,” said Wendel Whisenhunt, Parks and Recreation Director. “The opening of the North Point Recreation Area marks the culmination of several years’ work, and we are confident our citizens will enjoy these new amenities for many years to come.”
The area will open to visitors beginning Tuesday after the ceremony. Regular hours will be 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Beginning October 31, the three picnic shelters will be available for citizens to rent through the Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department. Rates are $ 20 for the first two hours and $5 for each additional hour. A refundable deposit of $100 is also required during the off-season from October 31 – April 15.
The North Point (Pt. 10) Recreation Area is located on the north side of Lake Stanley Draper and is accessible from Douglas Boulevard. New stone entry portals at the Douglas exit greet visitors as they come into the lake road. Additional signage directs visitors to the new recreation area, located approximately ¼ mile east of Douglas, at Point 10.
The total project cost was $2.39 million, with primary funding coming from the 1995 and 2000 General Obligation Bonds. The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and the Federal Aid Sport Fishing Restoration Program have approved more than $500,000 in grant funds to assist with the project. The grant monies are dedicated to the new boat ramp, courtesy dock, fishing pier and access road.
For more information, call the Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department at (405) 297-3882.