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Council approves additional MAPS 3 funding for Boathouse District projects
The Oklahoma City Council voted Tuesday to approve $7.9 million in additional MAPS 3 funding for improvements along the Oklahoma River, aiming to position the Boathouse District for year-round financial success.
The additional funding comes from the estimated $31 million in extra sales tax and interest available for MAPS 3 projects. A strong economy throughout most of the 7 ½-year collection period for MAPS 3’s temporary penny sales tax created the extra funding.
The funding approved Tuesday will supplement the $57 million in MAPS 3 funds already invested along the river, primarily to create the RIVERSPORT Rapids whitewater rafting and kayaking center.
“The investments made possible by this additional funding will help the Boathouse District continue to grow, which boosts our economy by bringing visitors to Oklahoma City,” said MAPS 3 Program Manager David Todd.
The additional funding will pay for a high-capacity zip line to improve one of the district’s most popular attractions, plus electrical upgrades to save on utility costs, a new water filtration system for the whitewater channel and finishing the second floor of the RIVERSPORT Rapids building.
The Oklahoma River is an official U.S. Olympic Team training site for flat-water rowing and whitewater kayaking, drawing elite competitors in water sports from around the world. It also has transformed into one of Oklahoma’s premiere spots for outdoor recreation, drawing local families for fun-filled weekends and visitors from all over looking to experience the river’s amenities in its unique location close to downtown.
About MAPS 3
MAPS 3 is a $777 million, debt-free capital improvement program to improve the quality of life in Oklahoma City. It is funded by a 1-cent sales tax initiative that began in April 2010 and ended in December 2017. MAPS 3 funds eight projects: Downtown Convention Center, Downtown Public Park, Modern Streetcar/Transit, Oklahoma River Improvements, Oklahoma State Fairgrounds Improvements, Senior Health and Wellness Centers, Trails and Sidewalks.
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