Current Hotel Development
Several hotels being built at the east end of Bricktown—OKC’s Entertainment District. One of the country’s first AC hotels of its type (142 rooms) opened December 2017 made out of shipping containers. The Bricktown project marks the first attempt at modular construction by NewcrestImage, which owns and operates 19 properties, with another 12 hotels under construction or in development. Click here to view a video about how the shipping containers were used in making AC Hotel. AC's neighbor, Hyatt Place, (132 rooms) will open in early 2018 as is Staybridge Suites with 138 rooms. In July 2018, Candlewood (97) rooms will open close by. Finally, Canopy Hotel (143 rooms) is opening March 2019 in Bricktown. In 2017, Tru by Hilton opened it's first-ever brand in Oklahoma City with 86 rooms in Oklahoma City's Meridian Corridor.
Currently, city-wide rooms are 16,784 with Downtown having 2,652 of those numbers.
Oklahoma River Improvements
Already designated as an official Olympic and Paralympic training site, Oklahoma City is creating the finest rowing racecourse in the world. We're also investing $25 million in a public whitewater kayaking facility that will accommodate all skill levels and provide a myriad of recreation possibilities for families, recreational enthusiasts, Olympic-caliber athletes and everyone in between.
In May 2016, a $45M whitewater rafting facility, RIVERSPORT Rapids, opened in OKC’s Boathouse District. The project, which is part of the city's MAPS 3 initiative (a one-cent sales tax citizens have placed on themselves since 1993 for city improvement.)The course is one of only six man made white water courses in the country. It is powered by a total of six pumps that weigh more than 12,000 pounds each and circulate 82,000 gallons per minute. Approximately 2,000 people are able to raft in a single day making RIVERSPORTS Rapids one of the largest rafting facilities in the world. The facility provides rafting and kayaking for all levels of users, from novice to Olympic Champion. Riversport Rapids is part of the growing Oklahoma City Boathouse District which serves as the training site for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic training site for canoe/kayak. It’s also unique in that our Entertainment District, Bricktown, is walking distance to the RIVERSPORT Rapids—making it the only urban whitewater rafting facility in the world.
Velosolutions Pump Track for Bikes/Skates
Velosolutions, the world leader in paved pump track design and construction, has installed a 15,000 square foot asphalt track featuring seamless paved waves. The largest of its kind in the USA, it includes an integrated timing system that will connect OKC’s track with other Velosolutions pump tracks nationwide for virtual competition. A portion of the funding for the track was provided as a grant from The Recreational Trails Program.
Bennett Event Center
Construction on the 290,000 square-foot Expo Center, funded by MAPS 3, began in December 2014 and the official ribbon cutting took place on January 5, 2017 for the Bennett Event Center at State Fair Park. The first event to be hosted in the Bennett Event Center was the Oklahoma Home + Garden Show January 20-22, 2017. The new building offers, among other amenities, 200,000 square-foot of contiguous floor space.
The Expo Center offers current State Fair Park clients the ability to expand and enhance their events, while bringing new national and international shows to Oklahoma. The building is the largest event space in Oklahoma City.
Modern Downtown Streetcar System
Approximately six miles of downtown streetcar will link major attractions in the downtown area. It will be the most extensive of its type in the United States, and the system will connect workers to their jobs, residents to events and visitors to our attractions. The streetcar broke ground in Bricktown January 2017 and should be completed in late 2018.
70-acre Downtown Park - Scissortail Park
This park will provide citizens and visitors with a variety of recreation activities, including concerts, walking/biking/running trails, picnic sites, youth sports fields, play areas, public art, interactive water features, and outdoor education opportunities, in addition to promoting a more healthy lifestyle. The park will connect downtown Oklahoma City to the shores of the Oklahoma River and is scheduled to be completed in 2021.
New Convention Center
New Convention Center & Omni Hotel
Planners will be most excited about the new $287 million convention center coming to OKC in 2020. With 200,000 square feet of exhibit space, a 35,000-square-foot ballroom and 50,000 square feet of additional space paired with a prime location near the Myriad Botanical Gardens, the downtown park and the Chesapeake Energy Arena. Construction is expected to start in 2018, the new convention center is part of the MAPS 3 approved by voters in 2009. For more information on the new Downtown Convention Center, click here. On June 18, the Oklahoma City Council voted to approve a redevelopment agreement with Omni Hotels for a headquarters hotel to support the new Convention Center. Click here to read more.
Sanctuary Asia at the Oklahoma City Zoo
A new 6.6 acre, $22 million expansion called Sanctuary Asia is headed to the Oklahoma City Zoo June 2018 and will help create an expansive environment where endangered animals from the Asian continent can thrive. Sanctuary Asia is a refuge where Asian elephants are safe and free to live, socialize, eat, play and explore. Visitors to Sanctuary Asia will be inspired by these magnificent animals, informed about their urgent plight in the wild and be moved to take immediate action to protect them. Other animals included at Sanctuary Asia include red pandas, Asian rhino, langurs, Komodo dragons, raccoon dogs, cranes and cassowary birds. And the venue isn't for just animals either. The space is also a two-story building with vast windows featuring a restaurant and event space. Guests can see views of elephants, rhino and Komodo dragon habitats as they enjoy a special event at the Zoo. There will also be a splash area for kids to play in the summer months.