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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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Swiftwater Rescue Program

Oklahoma State University formally announced the establishment of its swiftwater rescue program at RIVERSPORT Rapids in the Boathouse District on August 20. The announcement was made at the kayak boathouse where the program is headquartered. A temporary OSU logo was erected for the announcement, and a final building sign recognizing the swiftwater rescue program is being designed and expected to be installed in the fall.

“We are pleased Oklahoma State University (OSU) will conduct swiftwater rescue training, a part of its internationally respected fire protection and safety training program, at the state-of-the-art RIVERSPORT Rapids facility in Oklahoma City’s Boathouse District, said Elizabeth Laurent, Boathouse Foundation spokesperson.  “Located on the east end of the rapids, the Kayak Boathouse is the ideal headquarters for the program because of its size and position on the course.  OSU was granted the opportunity to identify the building as the location for the program as part of our partnership.“

“The current sign on the building was erected on a temporary basis as a backdrop for the official announcement of the program on Saturday, August 20.   A permanent design consistent with City guidelines as well as the character of the Oklahoma City Boathouse District will be developed.  We appreciate the cooperation and collaboration of the City of Oklahoma City and OSU as well as our partners on this project Elliott & Associates and Lingo Construction.”

OSU established the program as an expansion of its fire protection and safety training program.

“The RIVERSPORT Rapids swiftwater training course will further elevate our already internationally recognized fire protection and safety training program at Oklahoma State University by providing an unmatched venue where first responders will train in a real-world setting,” said Gary Shutt, Oklahoma State University spokesperson.”

“We are thrilled our swift water training program will be located in a world-class venue that is part of the impressive Boathouse District in Oklahoma City.  We are also pleased our support of this important academic program allows us a presence on the Oklahoma River. This facility will enable us to provide a level of training we believe will help first responders save lives in the years ahead.   We will look forward to working with those involved to develop a permanent signage package in accordance with existing standards and styles.”