Scissortail Park opens in 100 days
In downtown Oklahoma City, two MAPS 3 projects are still under construction, but one opens in 100 days.
The $132-million Scissortail Park will celebrate its grand opening later this year, with a live concert on the newly-named Love’s Travel Stops Stage and Great Lawn. The staff at the Park Management Company, which also oversees Myriad Gardens, is planning several special events for the grand opening. More details about those activities will be posted at scissortailpark.org. People should especially check the site on June 26 when a concert announcement will be posted.
The grand opening is for the park's north side. The area extends from Oklahoma City Boulevard, south to Interstate 40, and east to west from S. Robinson Avenue to S. Hudson Avenue. The south section is expected to be completed in 2021. It starts at Interstate 40 and stretches as far south as SW 15th Street.
The park is expected to be a family-friendly destination in downtown, which includes the four-legged family members. Oklahoma City-based Butzer Architects and landscape architects Hargreaves Associates designed the park. It’s being constructed by Downey Contracting in Oklahoma City.
Hans Butzer and his wife Torrey Butzer designed the park’s buildings, which include an indoor/outdoor café, a boathouse, and the Love’s Travel Stops Stage.
The café will be managed by The Social Order Dining Collective. The group has made a name for itself in the metro by operating The Jones Assembly, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, and Texadelphia in Oklahoma City, and Seven47 in Norman.
At the boathouse, there will be a grab-and-go concession stand, restrooms, and a large, shaded patio. Guest will be able to rent paddle boats to enjoy on the 3.7 acre lake. This area can be rented for parties or events.
The main stage overlooks at six-acre oval outdoor lawn with seating for 15,000 people.
There’s also a children’s playground with geometric dome climbers, a large fort with a tower and slides, plenty of shade, and public restrooms. The area is next to the interactive water fountains, making it a great spot on a hot days.
Pet owners can bring their four-legged friends to the half-acre size dog park with water fountains and large boulders. The park will be divided into two sides; large dogs and small dog.
On the park’s southeast corner, people will be able to find a 6,400-square foot event pavilion with a seasonal outdoor roller rink and covered picnic area.
The park also has an open activity spot where people can fly kites or kick balls, a woodland area with native plants and trees, and a lit pathway with two OKC Streetcar stops. It is the largest stop along the route. It can accommodate two streetcars at one time.