Youth Pavilion, Sky Trail & Zip Line
Oklahoma City-area youth will soon have access to a variety of adventure activities at a new youth pavilion planned for the Boathouse District. SandRidge Energy is donating funds for construction of a youth pavilion and adventure attractions in the Boathouse District at the Oklahoma River. The SandRidge Youth Pavilion is designed to provide adventure activities that include a Sky Trail course, a zip line across the Oklahoma River, an outdoor climbing wall and surf park.
The project was first unveiled in December, 2011, with the announcement that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma would provide the initial $500,000 donation for the multi-phased project. Blue Cross and Blue Shield also provided funding for the new “KaBoom” playground adjacent to the pavilion.
SandRidge Sky Trail
The SandRidge Sky Trail opened on March 9, 2013 and is the world’s tallest adventure course. The 80-foot structure features six levels of challenges, including a double vertical rope ladder, triple dip handling, zig zag beam, and much more. Safety features include a full body harness that connects to a overhead track securing patrons start to finish. Additions to the sky trail include a Sky Slide, the tallest stainless steel slide in the country, and Rumble Drop free fall experience.
While the focus is on youth, the new adventure attractions will appeal to people of all ages.The 16,000 square foot pavilion will include rowing and paddling elements, classroom and event space, and will be a central hub for OKC RIVERSPORT youth teams, summer camps and community events.
The adventure sports will also be used for team building and corporate retreats, and will be accessible via a day pass to anyone in the community.
The newest addition to the plan is a surf park. Similar parks exist at some of the more unique venues in the U.S., Europe and Asia. The surfing venue will be a unique water feature for people of all ages to enjoy and will serve as a venue for world-class boarding competitions. Just as rowing and kayaking have been developed as both recreational and competitive sports in Oklahoma City, surfing is expected to gain the same popularity.