About Scissortail Park

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Scissortail Park is a 70-acre public space created from funds generated by a penny sales tax. The 36-acre Upper Park opened on September 27, 2019. The Park is managed by Scissortail Park Foundation under a lease and management agreement with the Oklahoma City Economic Development Trust. Scissortail Park Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization responsible for raising funds to support the Park through donations, sponsorships and earned revenues. The Park, located south of Myriad Botanical Gardens, continues south close to the shore of the Oklahoma River. Featuring a variety of engaging experiences for visitors including ornamental gardens and woodlands, a 3.7 acre lake, children’s playground and water fountains, seasonal roller rink, dog park, picnic grove, restaurant and performance stage and great lawn, the Park has something for everyone.

Board of Directors

Jim Tolbert – Chair
Larry Nichols – Vice Chair
Matt Cole – Treasurer
Debora Morey – Deputy Director/Secretary
Maureen Heffernan – Executive Director
Chuck Davis – Chief Financial Officer
Councilman David Greenwell
Blair Humphreys
Kim Lowe
Steve Mason
Mike Mize
James A. Pickel
Kathy Williams

Scissortail Park Foundation Mission

The Scissortail Park Foundation is an independent not-for-profit organization that encourages and supports charitable giving for the benefit of Scissortail Park by aligning donor passion and generosity to advance Scissortail Park priorities. The Foundation aspires to enhance the quality and sustain the legacy of Scissortail Park For Everyone.

Executive

Chief Executive Officer
Maureen Heffernan
(405) 445-7081
mheffernan@scissortailpark.org

Chief Operating Officer
Chris Bachmann
(405) 493-0926
cbachmann@scissortailpark.org

Chief Financial Officer
Chuck Davis
(405) 445-7083
cdavis@scissotailpark.org

General Inquiries

Safety + Security

Human Resources

Director of Human Resources
Angela McComb-Cutshall
(405) 445-7095
amccomb-cutshall@scissortailpark.org

Marketing

Director of Marketing & Communications
Stacey Aldridge
(405) 696-6451
saldridge@scissortailpark.org

Graphic Designer
Sean Ball
sball@scissortailpark.org

Editorial Manager
Susan Grossman
(405) 445-7090
sgrossman@scissortailpark.org

Events + Rentals

Director of Events & Rentals
Stacy Jobe
(405) 445-5786
sjobe@scissortailpark.org

Rental Sales Lead Coordinator
Chelsea Stephens
(405) 896-7552
cstephens@scissortailpark.org

Rental Coordinator 
Boye Ladd
(405) 896-7554
bladd@scissortailpark.org

Programming & Speical Events Coordinator 
Amber Mabie
(405) 445-6277
amabie@scissortailpark.org

Volunteer and Community Programming Manager
Susanne Dougherty
(405) 493-8301
sdougherty@scissortailpark.org

Technical Stage Manager
Ty Calanni
(405) 445-5146
tcalanni@scissortailpark.org

Development

Director of Development
Jayme Phillips
(405) 445-6263
jphillips@scissortailpark.org

Corporate Relations Manager & Development Associate
Grant McClendon
(405) 445-7089
gmcclendon@scissortailpark.org

Donor Operations & Membership Coordinator
Mati White
(405) 493-8305
mwhite@scissortailpark.org

Horticulture + Grounds

Director of Horticulture & Grounds
Lance Swearengin
(405) 445-0480
lswearengin@scissortailpark.org

Associate Director of Horticulture & Grounds
Matthew Janda
(405) 493-8304
mjanda@scissortailpark.org

Farmers Market Manager
Mary Bixler
(405) 708-6640
mbixler@scissortailpark.org

Farmers Market Assistant Manager
Meg Bradley
mbradley@scissortailpark.org

Park History

Approval

MAPS 3 is a $777 million capital improvement program that was approved by Oklahoma City voters December 8, 2009. As a one-cent, limited term sales tax, MAPS 3 pays for debt-free projects that improve our quality of life. These projects included Scissortail Park, Oklahoma City Streetcar, Convention Center, Riversport Rapids, Bennett Event Center at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds, senior health, and wellness centers, trails, sidewalks and more.

Groundbreaking

A groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Upper Park in June 2017. One year later the logo and brand for The Park was revealed. Created by local firm Staplegun, the logo represents a stylized outline of the scissortail flycatcher, as well as this brand promise: Scissortail Park is an enduring civic treasure that brings Oklahoma’s natural beauty to life in a safe, welcoming and playful environment that encourages community gathering, stewardship, culture and education for neighbors, visitors and future generations.

Design

The 70-acre, $132 million Scissortail Park, designed by internationally acclaimed landscape architecture firm Hargreaves Associates, links the heart of the city to the riverfront, long aspired to and set forth in the city’s “Core to Shore” plan. The north 36-acre Park design features the Love’s Travel Stops Stage and Great Lawn outdoor performance venue, a lake with pedal boats, urban gardens with a café, recreational facilities, children’s play areas, a civic scaled interactive fountain and multiple walking/jogging paths, all set within regionally specific native woodland and prairie landscapes. The Boathouse, Stage, Spark Cafe’ (opening 2020) and Pavilions by Butzer Architects recall the vernacular architecture of the settlements that dotted the Oklahoma plains. The Promenade with unique art lighting by Jamie Carpenter links the downtown end of The Park across Interstate 40 via the pedestrian Skydance Bridge through the Lower Park and near the river. The 34-acre Lower Park will feature soccer fields, basketball and pickleball courts, a demonstration kitchen, as well as an outdoor performance venue.

The Architects

Hargreaves Associates has been at the forefront of landscape architecture and planning for more than 30 years and is globally renowned for the transformation of neglected urban sites, waterfronts and campuses into memorable places that have become icons for their cities. The firm has won more than 100 national and international awards and is the 2016 winner of the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award and the Rosa Barba International Landscape Prize. Their work focuses on producing memorable landscapes for a wide range of urban design, waterfront, public parks, academic, corporate, institutional, and residential projects. Examples include the 274-acre Parklands for London’s 2012 Olympics, Crissy Field in San Francisco, and Louisville’s Waterfront Park. 

Management

The Park is managed by Scissortail Park Foundation under a lease and management agreement with the Oklahoma City Economic Development Trust. Scissortail Park Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization responsible for raising funds to support The Park through donations, sponsorships, and earned revenues.

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Media/Press

Media Inquiries
Stacey Aldridge
Director of Marketing and Communications
(405) 696-6451
saldridge@scissortailpark.org

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