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$45M Whitewater Center Grand Opening Set for May 7-8 

RIVERSPORT Rapids, Oklahoma City’s new $45.2 million whitewater rafting and kayaking center, will hold a grand opening celebration May 7-8, 2016. The whitewater center was built in the city’s Boathouse District as part of MAPS 3, ... Read More

OKC RIVERSPORT Junior Crew Wins Overall Trophy at USRowing Central Youth Championships

The OKC RIVERSPORT Junior Crew competed in the 2015 USRowing Central Youth Championships on May 2-3. Twenty crews from around the region gathered in the Boathouse District to compete in several qualifiers for the 2015 ... Read More

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City Leaders Sign RIVERSPORT Rapids Steel Beam

Members of the MAPS 3 Citizens Advisory Board, the MAPS 3 Oklahoma River Improvement Subcommittee and City Council met on April 9 to sign a steel beam that will be used in the construction of ... Read More

MAPS 3 Whitewater Construction Update

February 20, 2015 - MAPS 3 Program Manager David Todd provides a construction update on the Oklahoma River Improvements project. Jeffrey Gustin, senior project manager with whitewater consultant S2O Design discusses upcoming project milestones and ... Read More

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OKCBF Hires New High Performance Training Center Coach

OKLAHOMA CITY – The USRowing National High Performance Center at the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation has named Reilly Dampeer as the new head coach. Dampeer will work in collaboration with USRowing in providing coaching and training ... Read More

RIVERSPORT Rapids in the News

Looking forward to the RIVERSPORT Rapids Grand Opening on May 7-8? Read the latest national news stories that mention RIVERSPORT Rapids and share in the excitement! Learn more about RIVERSPORT Rapids or buy your All Access Annual Pass ... Read More

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OKCBF Hires New High Performance Training Center Coach

OKLAHOMA CITY – The USRowing National High Performance Center at the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation has named Reilly Dampeer as the new head coach. Dampeer will work in collaboration with USRowing in providing coaching and training ... Read More

RIVERSPORT Rapids in the News

Looking forward to the RIVERSPORT Rapids Grand Opening on May 7-8? Read the latest national news stories that mention RIVERSPORT Rapids and share in the excitement! Learn more about RIVERSPORT Rapids or buy your All Access Annual Pass ... Read More

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MAPS 3

Oklahoma City is one of the country’s most exciting and unique cities with a heritage steeped in pioneer spirit, but always with an eye toward the future. And nowhere is this more apparent than in the Boathouse District. A dry riverbed only a few short years ago, the Oklahoma River has been transformed into one of the city’s crown jewels.

It is the people of Oklahoma City who’ve created the momentum and the enthusiasm behind the Oklahoma River. And it is the corporate community working in partnership with City leaders who continue to fuel this world-class development.

The vision for the Oklahoma River began in 1993 with the first Metropolitan Area Projects (MAPS), a one-cent sales tax spearheaded by then-Mayor Ron Norick and civic leader Ray Ackerman.  Designed to improve the quality of life in Oklahoma City, the original MAPS projects included construction of the Bricktown Canal, downtown ballpark, a new library, renovation of the convention center, construction of the arena where the Oklahoma City Thunder now play, renovation of the Civic Center Music Hall, and improvements to the river now known as the Oklahoma River.

More than $50 million was spent creating the seven-mile Oklahoma River. Today, MAPS 3 is funding an additional $777 million in civic improvements across the metro including a new downtown convention center and 70-acre public park, a streetcar/transit initiative, improvements to the state fairgrounds, construction of trails and sidewalks, senior health and wellness centers.

MAPS 3 is also funding $60 million in improvements on the Oklahoma River that include permanent lighting, a wind screen, race course improvements and a $45.2 million Whitewater Rafting & Kayaking Center.

Oklahoma City’s investment in our future is paying big dividends for the people who live here and for those who visit. We are now known as one of the nation’s most entrepreneurial cities with low unemployment, low cost of living and lifestyle amenities that have all the appeal of a “Big League City.”

We are proud to live, work and play in OKC – we invite you to join us!