Since the MAPS 3-backed Riversport Rapids opened in 2016, more than 80 swift-water training and related water-rescue classes have been held at the center, with crews from more than a dozen states and Canada traveling to the city for the emergency preparation. Crews from Arkansas, Texas, Kansas and Missouri have been through classes at the Rapids.
Nothing is perhaps more indicative of Oklahoma City’s recent renaissance than the transformation of what was once a mostly dry riverbed.
If you’re not sure about all this river stuff or maybe the choices for where to begin are a bit overwhelming, a great way to experience the Oklahoma River and Boathouse District for the first time is by attending a regatta.
There’s so much to do down at the Boathouse District these days, there ought to be some sort of a basic guide to it all—so here it is.
RIVERSPORT starts its whitewater rafting league on Aug. 17. Experience is not needed to compete.
The corporate rowing challenge returns July 8. But people can learn to row by taking a class, which is offered monthly from May to October.
The Eighth Annual Stars and Stripes Festival is a good time to visit the Boathouse District again or for the first time. People can watch races, enjoy food truck cuisine, and check out all the Riversport activities.
The Outdoor Foundation recently announced its inaugural Thrive Outside Community Initiative grant recipients. Oklahoma City was selected along with Atlanta, Georgia; Grand Rapids, Michigan and San Diego, California.