Saddle up: OKC Council approves equestrian trail near river

By Christie Tapp

The Journal Record

 

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday approved the Oklahoma City Riverfront Redevelopment Authority’s proposal for developing an equestrian trail.

 

“We hope this will provide a space for the equestrian community where they can ride their horses in a safe and scenic environment,” said Jennifer McClintock, public information officer for the Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department.

 

The initial phase is expected to open in August with a marked trail called the urban trail starting near Stockyard City and running east toward the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum. McClintock said the trail would be separate from the existing paved trail.

 

The second phase will include a suburban trail that will go west and will end near Crystal Lake.

 

Rhonda Hooper, CEO and president of Jordan Advertising, said she is working with the Oklahoma City Riverfront Redevelopment Authority to develop this trail because of her passion for horses.

 

“The concept is Oklahoma City is authentic in Western heritage, and a lot of tourists expect that when they come to visit,” Hooper said. “We’re trying to bring the best of the old with the new.”

 

Hooper said there will eventually be a place where visitors can rent horses, but everything is still in the planning stages.

 

“We’re giving people a place where they can get art and clothing but also that cultural experience with riding a horse,” Hooper said.

 

The trail will be located south of the Oklahoma River at River Park, between Pennsylvania and Agnew avenues. The plan also includes hitching posts and a parking lot for trailers.

 

Hooper said this will be a private and public collaboration. McClintock said the Park and Recreation Department is giving $7,500 from the general fund toward the project.

 

Hooper said the total costs and funding sources have not been decided.