The Oklahoma City Astronomy Club is moving its monthly sidewalk astronomy program to the newly opened Scissortail Park beginning Friday, October 18.

Previously held in the Paseo Arts District, the program features free public viewings of astronomical objects via club member telescopes, as well as brief tutorials on astronomy as a hobby. The event will take place on the Love’s Travel Stops Stage and Great Lawn. Telescope viewing will begin at sundown and continue until 10 p.m.

The program will be held each month on the third Friday, weather permitting.

“With such a great, open space in the heart of the city, Scissortail Park is the perfect setting for our club’s monthly program,” said Mike Brake, public information officer. “We look forward to hosting our program there each month and providing education about astronomy.”

The Oklahoma City Astronomy Club meets on the second Friday of each month at Science Museum Oklahoma. Its nearly 200 members own and operate Cheddar Ranch Observatory in Blaine County, home of the largest public access telescope in the state.

The new Scissortail Park is in the heart of a revitalized downtown Oklahoma City. This public space is part of the MAPS 3 program that envisions a healthy and vibrant quality of life for our city while serving as an investment in the future. Every detail is designed for connection – with nature, neighbors and ourselves.

The park features a variety of engaging experiences within 70 urban acres ranging from ornamental gardens and woodlands, to a lake and boathouse, children’s playground, grand promenade, water features, outdoor roller rink, an enclosed dog park, interactive fountain and much more.

Designed by one of the foremost landscape architecture planning firms in the world, Hargreaves Associates, the Park is also a horticultural tapestry of native prairie grasses, lush flower gardens and tree-lined walkways.

For more information visit scissortailpark.org

Scissortail Park is managed by Scissortail Park Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization.