MAPS 3-funded Scissortail Park is nearing completion, with the upper park set to open with a four-day celebration in late September if construction goes smoothly. The lower park will not open until late next year or 2022.
Maureen Heffernan, Scissortail Park Foundation director, gave an update on the park at the end of January. Scissortail Park is composed of a 40-acre upper park and a 30-acre lower park connected by the Skydance Bridge over Interstate 40. It will be the largest park in the city once fully completed.
The corner at Oklahoma City Boulevard and Robinson Avenue is the “billion-dollar corner,” Heffernan said. Omni Oklahoma City Hotel, the MAPS 3 convention center, Chesapeake Energy Arena and a streetcar stop will surround the corner. There will also be an art piece in that corner of the park.
“There is 1 percent for art in the budget for the park, and we’re working with a young couple in Brooklyn, New York, to make this really large-scale piece that’s called ‘Taking Flight,’” she said. “It’s a huge, round orb, and it looks like it’s about to be propelled into space. It just shows the momentum and the energy taking flight in what the city is doing and has been doing now for a while and will continue to do. … You’ll see the size of this is actually one of the tallest features in the park.”
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