Beach Toys

By Jim Beckel

The Oklahoman


Beach lounging will take on a downtown feel now that the Bricktown Beach is in place next to the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.


About 100 tons of sand was trucked in to give the appropriate beach effect. The beach will be free and open to the public from mid-June to the end of July.


During weekdays, visitors can kick off their shoes, eat their lunch and enjoy the sun, organizers said.


"It's going to be an area just for people to come and hang out," said Mallory O'Neill, Bricktown district manager for Downtown Oklahoma City. "We will have programs, but at the same time, it's also just for people to have their lunch at the beach or hang out on the weekend. There's not always going to be activities going on; it's also going to be just a spot to chill."


Organizers got the idea after visiting a similar attraction in Detroit, she said.


“It was people in suits, sitting in chairs having their lunch at the beach. It was awesome,” O'Neill said.


“We've been looking for a couple of years what a good location would be here. Now we've partnered with the Dodgers and put it on the plaza, which is a space that is very active for games or when there's 5k's or runs, but it stays empty during normal weeks when there's not events going on.”