OKC VeloCity | Picture OKC in 2020

Picture OKC in 2020

By Chamber Staff / Development / July 23, 2018

Oklahoma City will start the next decade with a new landscape as both MAPS 3-funded and private projects are completed.

OKC 3-D Fly-Through circa 2020

Want to see how a lot of the projects described below will come together? Check out the OKC Convention and Visitors Bureau video above, then read on for more detail!

Oklahoma City Convention Center

The new convention center and its adjacent headquarters hotel will allow Oklahoma City to compete for 80 percent or more of the events held in the United States, further developing the region’s hospitality industry. The $277 million center, which is projected to open in 2020, will feature nearly 200,000 square feet of exhibit space, a 30,000-square-foot ballroom and 45,000 square feet of additional meeting space.

New Convention Center Headquarter Hotel

Connected to the new convention center and adjacent to Scissortail Park and Chesapeake Energy Arena, this new 605-room headquarters hotel for the convention center will be operated by Omni Hotel & Resorts. The full-service, four-star hotel will have six restaurants and bars with about 16,500 square feet of space, plus more than 50,000 square feet of ballroom and meeting space.

Scissortail Park

This 70-acre, fully programmed park will connect the core of Oklahoma City to the shore of the Oklahoma River. Construction has begun on a 40-acre section across from the new convention center site and will be completed in 2019, with the lower 30-acre portion set to open in 2021. The park will provide a variety of recreation activities, including walking/biking/running trails, picnic sites, youth sports fields, play areas and interactive water features.

Oklahoma City Streetcar

Key to Oklahoma City’s connectivity will be the Oklahoma City Streetcar, which is currently under construction and will open later this year. The streetcar’s two route options—which span much of Bricktown, Midtown, Automobile Alley and the central business district—will serve 22 stops and provide easy access to many of Oklahoma City’s attractions.

The preponderance of this article originally appeared in the April 2018 edition of Cityscape magazine.

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