Kings of Leon concert highlights Scissortail Park opening weekend
After 10 years of planning, development and construction, Scissortail Park is now a reality.
"It's a symbol, I think, of our visions. And if we're persistent with our mission, this is the power of MAPS," said Mayor David Holt.
The 70-acre, $132 million park, located at the corner of South Robinson Ave. and Oklahoma City Blvd., opened to the public Sept. 27-29 with a weekend of festivities including food trucks, fireworks and live music.
The park is part of MAPS 3, an $805 million, debt-free capital improvement plan, which was funded by a 1-cent sales tax initiative that ran from April 2010 to December 2017. The park features ornamental gardens and woodlands, a lake and boathouse, children's playground, grand promenade, water features, outdoor roller rink, an enclosed dog park, interactive fountain and much more.
Grand opening festivities began at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27 when Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt and other dignitaries cut a ribbon, signifying the official opening of the park.
A record-setting crowd of 28,000 was then treated to performances by rock bands Broncho and Republican Hair, who warmed up the crowd for Oklahoma City's own Kings of Leon. The evening was topped off by a fireworks display over Scissortail Lake.
Grand Opening events continued through the weekend, concluding with a Sunday evening performance by OU's Pride of Oklahoma Marching Band on the Love's Travel Stop Stage and Great Lawn, followed by an OKC Philharmonic concert and a finak fireworks display.
The park did exactly what was intended, bringing people together in a space where they could relax and enjoy themselves in a gorgeous setting.
In a tweet afterward, Mayor Holt called it "one of the most memorable nights in Oklahoma City history."