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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

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

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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, a one-cent sales tax initiative to fund projects that enhance the quality of life for metro area residents.

“You will never find a better weekend to experience all that the Boathouse District has to offer,” said Mike Knopp, the executive director of the OKC Boathouse Foundation. “You’ll get a taste of what the Olympics in Rio are all about, see the nation’s top whitewater slalom athletes in action, watch rowing on the Oklahoma River and enjoy live music, great food and, of course, fireworks.” 

The OKC Boathouse Foundation will operate the new whitewater center and will offer recreational rafting, kayaking and tubing along with adventure activities, rafting and kayaking lessons, leagues and camps.  The adventures and whitewater activities are open to the public. Day and season passes are available.

The grand opening event will feature Team USA’s Road to Rio Tour presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance. The interactive tour will give fans a chance to experience the spirit of the Olympic Games, try their hand at some of the sports and meet Team USA athletes. Oklahoma City is one of only six stops on Team USA’s nation-wide tour. On Saturday evening, a live concert will be staged in the whitewater center followed by fireworks. 

The weekend celebration will also include US Olympic Trials – Canoe/Kayak Slalom on the new whitewater course. Athletes from across the U.S. will converge on the venue to vie for a chance to compete at the Rio Games. 

“We’ll be putting rafters on the whitewater course during all of this,” Knopp said. “We want to let as many people as possible get on the water during this opening weekend. This is OKC’s whitewater center and we want everyone to experience it.”

The grand opening celebration will also include a rowing regatta on the adjacent Oklahoma River. More than 1,500 youth rowers will compete in the USRowing Central District Youth Championships, a qualifier for the national championships later in the year.   

Throughout the weekend food will be available from RIVERSPORT Rapids’ new restaurants as well a some of OKC’s best food trucks. Live musical performances will be held throughout the weekend on the Road to Rio Tour presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance stage.

The festival is free; parking is $10. RIVERSPORT Rapids rafting and adventure passes will be available online at riversportokc.org and at the festival. Rafting passes are $49 per day and include RIVERSPORT Adventure activities.

ABOUT RIVERSPORT RAPIDS

RIVERSPORT Rapids is one of only three man-made whitewater venues in the nation. Six pumps recirculate treated water through two channels to create class II-IV rapids. Flow can be adjusted to offer various levels of rafting and kayaking experiences.

“The design of this venue is not a pure whitewater one,” said Jeffrey Gustin, senior program manager at S2O Design and Engineering, the design firm behind RIVERSPORT Rapids. “We designed a venue that provides Olympic standard whitewater but also truly provides a place for everyone to enjoy, beginner to expert.”

The recreational channel will make rafting accessible to just about everyone. Trained raft guides will brief rafters on safety and technique, and will steer each raft trip down the channel. The competitive channel offers high-octane Class IV rapids on the Olympic-style course and will challenge elite athletes from around the world for both training and competition.

For more information about RIVERSPORT Rapids, visit us online.