All You Need to Know for Your Visit
Please find answers below to many questions for planning your visit to Scissortail Park. If you cannot find the information you are looking for, please send an email by clicking HERE.
300 SW 7th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73109
Daily: 6am-11 pm
Children’s Play Area is open dawn to dusk
The Perch at Scissortail Boathouse, SPARK and monthly food trucks. Visit scissortailpark.org/dine for more information.
Yes, the Scissortail Park stop is at the northeast corner of the Park at Oklahoma City Boulevard and South Robinson Avenue.
Yes, but no motorized scooters.
The Scissortail Park Foundation is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that manages and operates the Park.
Yes, dogs should be leashed unless they are in the Dog Park.
Scissortail Park is free and open to the public. Occasionally there will be private or ticketed events in certain areas of the Park. See our events calendar here.
No, grills are not allowed in Scissortail Park.
Yes. The Park features:
Accessible parking around the perimeter of Scissortail Park
Pathways that are ground-level and accessible to all
Ramps available to access stage and boathouse
Accessible pedal boat
Workout equipment near playground
Braille on entry and restroom signage
Silver Flyer golf cart tours available for any guest with limited mobility. Please find more information at scissortailpark.org/silverflyer
Yes, they are located at the Love’s Travel Stops Stage, Scissortail Boathouse, Play Pavilion, and Sky Rink/Event Pavilion.
Please call (405) 493-8301 for information.
No outside boats, paddleboards, kayaks, etc., are allowed on the Lake.
No swimming of any kind is allowed in the Lake.
No, open public fishing is not permitted. Check scissortailpark.org/calendar for scheduled fishing events throughout the year.
Generally yes, but some special events may have different guidelines. Check with the event organizer to be sure.
You can ask the City Public Works Dept. here.
The MAPS 3 Scissortail Park project was planned using a public, resident-driven process including input and guidance from the MAPS 3 Park subcommittee, MAPS 3 Citizens Advisory Board, and City Council. Professional consultants included Hargreaves Associates, ADG, and Butzer Architects and Urbanism.
Downey Contracting, an Oklahoma City company, constructed the Park. Crews broke ground on June 29, 2017, and worked for more than two years. The Park opened to the public on September 27, 2019.
Scissortail Park is a project of MAPS 3, a $777-million, debt-free capital improvement program to advance the quality of life in Oklahoma City. It was funded by a one-cent sales tax initiative that began in April 2010 and ended in December 2017. The Park project budget was $132 million to build a 70-acre downtown park including a cafe, lake, event pavilions, great lawn and stage.
Scissortail Park will be almost 70 acres total. The 36-acre Upper Park stretches from Oklahoma City Boulevard to the Skydance Bridge, which crosses Interstate 40 into the future 34-acre Lower Park. Construction on the Lower Park is scheduled to be finished in 2022.
- Lake and Boathouse: The Boathouse has a cafe called The Perch, public restrooms and a shaded patio. Guests can rent pedal boats, including ones that are ADA-accessible, kayaks, and a canoe to enjoy the 3.7-acre lake under a shaded pavilion. This area can be rented for parties and events.
- Lake Bridge: The 240-foot bridge spanning the Scissortail Lake has spectacular views of the Park, the OKC skyline, the Skydance Bridge, and historic Union Station.
- Ornamental Woodlands and Gardens: Native plants and trees along with specialized gardens that feature color, movement, touch, and smell.
- Love’s Travel Stops Stage and Great Lawn: The covered main stage overlooks a 5-acre oval lawn with seating for up to 25,000 people.
- Playground: Climbing walls, geometric dome climbers, children’s gardens, and a large fort with a tower and slides with plenty of shade and public restrooms. It’s next to interactive fountains for kids to enjoy on a hot day.
- Promenade: The Park’s main north-south walkway traverses its eastern edge. Lighting, interactive fountains, and play areas dot the promenade, along with a large public art piece coming soon on the northeast corner. The largest platform on the OKC Streetcar route is north of the Promenade.
- Dog Park: A half-acre fenced dog park with dog water fountains and large boulders, with sides for large and small dogs.
- Activity areas: A shady lakeside woodland leads to an open area for kite-flying, ball-playing, and enjoying the sun. An extensive underground French drain system captures rainwater to fill the Lake.
- Event Pavilion: A 6,400-square-foot event pavilion and covered picnic area sits in the southeast corner of the Upper Park. the Event Pavilion is home to the seasonal roller rink, Sky Rink at Scissortail Park.
- Indoor/outdoor café: The Social Order Dining Collective, which manages a number of successful restaurants in the area, operates this concept, called SPARK, featuring burger, bites and cold delights.
It’s scheduled for completion in 2022.
“Taking Flight: Light as a Feather” is a 31-foot-high, 14,000-pound sculpture resembling a feather floating to the ground that is scheduled to be completed by summer 2022. Designed by artists Lesley Chang and Jason Klimoski, the sculpture also includes 276 integrated fiber optics with LED lamps to illuminate the piece at night.
In 2009, the City of Oklahoma City passed a city ordinance requiring one percent of construction budgets for buildings and parks be allocated to public art. The $692,629 project budget for “Taking Flight: Light as a Feather” is funded through the 1% for Arts ordinance.