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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.

Park Operations

300 SW 7th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73109

Daily: 6am-11 pm

Children’s Play Area is open dawn to dusk

The Boathouse and Cafe that will open Spring 2020

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, see available positions here.

Yes, dogs should be leashed unless they are in the Dog Park.

Contact our Events team at (405) 896-7552

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.

Yes, they are located in Spark Café (opening Spring 2020), Stage, Boathouse, Play Pavilion, and Event Pavilion.

No outside boats, paddleboards, kayaks, etc., are allowed on the Lake.

No swimming of any kind is allowed in the Lake.  

 

Generally yes, but some special events may have different guidelines. Check with the event organizer to be sure.

 

MAPS3/Design/Construction

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 and ADG.

Downey Contracting, an Oklahoma City company, constructed the Park. Crews broke ground on June 29, 2017, and worked for more than two years. 

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 begins on the Lower Park in 2020 and is scheduled to be finished in 2021.

  • Lake and Boathouse: The Boathouse will have a concession stand, public restrooms and a shaded patio. Guests can rent pedal boats, including ones that are ADA-accessible, kayaks, and stand-up paddle boards (coming soon) 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 lake will have spectacular views of the Park, the OKC skyline, 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 will traverse 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 will be in the southeast corner of the Upper Park.
  • Indoor/outdoor café: The Social Order Dining Collective, which manages a number of successful restaurants in the area, will operate this facility, called Spark, when it opens in Spring 2020.

It’s scheduled for completion in 2021.

This sculpture was included in the project as a part of the City of Oklahoma City’s 1% for Art ordinance. Award-winning architecture and design firm STUDIOKCA Architects was chosen by a selection committee led by the city’s arts and culture program planner. A 20-ton orb called Taking Flight is the art centerpiece designed especially for Scissortail Park that will welcome visitors. Standing at 19’ tall it will suspend a sphere from angled columns that stretch from the ground up and around the sphere, which will be made from 643,648 highly polished discs sized to Oklahoma City’s population and colored to echo the coppery hue of Oklahoma’s soil. Taking Flight is also designed to allow light to shine through the orb at night.

Grand Opening

Yes, however, due to the epic rains we had this year, much of the landscaping still needs time to settle into the ground. Therefore, you may see some landscape fencing to protect planted grounds. Please respect these areas by staying behind the protective fencing. 

No ticket is required for entry. You can RSVP here to let us know you’re coming, but registration does not guarantee entry.

Yes. All events the weekend of Sept. 27-29 are free.

  • Backpacks. No rucksacks. No large purses. Any small bags are subject to search.
  • Drones, remote-controlled aircrafts, cars or toys
  • Lawn chairs
  • Selfie sticks
  • Paper lanterns
  • Fireworks, explosives
  • Professional cameras, SLRs, video cameras, iPads or GoPros
  • Tripods
  • Chains or chain wallets
  • Umbrellas
  • No professional cameras, iPads, video cameras, audio recorders, selfie sticks or drones
  • Objects that can be used as projectiles such as glow sticks, balls, Frisbees, fireworks and 
  • Laser pointers or glow sticks
  • Aerosol cans
  • Sporting equipment including frisbees, balls, bats, hockey sticks
  • Tents
  • Musical instruments
  • Bicycles, skateboards, scooters, roller skates
  • Outside beverages other than a sealed water bottle or empty reusable, non-glass bottle.
  • Illegal or unauthorized weapons.

The gates to the Kings of Leon concert open at 5:00pm on Friday, September 27. If guests chose to arrive earlier, they are advised to plan accordingly. Restroom facilities and food/beverage options are inside the Park area and will not be accessible until the gates open.

Find a downtown parking map HERE that includes an OKC Streetcar route map. 

Park in an EMBARK garage  downtown on September 27 – 29, show your ticket and ride the OKC Streetcar for free!

Parking is also available south of the Park. Pedestrian entrance accessible by the Skydance Bridge. 

Coolers and ice chests are prohibited during the Friday concert.

No lawn chairs will be permitted on the Great Lawn during the Friday concert.

The free concert is open to the public. Family-centric events will take place on Saturday and Sunday.

No, pets will not be allowed on the Great Lawn during the Friday concert. Service dogs will be permitted. 

The majority of in-Park concessions and vendors will be cash only. ATMs will be available onsite.

Only sealed water bottles are allowed. You may bring an empty water bottle or reusable water bottle to fill up at water refill stations. Bottled water will be sold inside the Park.

No fighting, disorderly conduct, or threatening behavior: Any person found fighting will be evicted from the event. 

No, you must be pre-approved through Scissortail Park staff. 

Yes! Please sign up for a shift here or email volunteer@scissortailpark.org with questions. 

Yes. There will be an area reserved for people with accessibility needs. A sign language interpreter will also be available during the concert.

No unauthorized drones permitted during opening weekend.

The Scissortail Park Grand Opening was made possible by the City of Oklahoma City, the Scissortail Park Foundation, and its corporate partners for Grand Opening. 

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