What's New & What's Coming
In December 2009, MAPS 3 (Metropolitan Area Projects) - a comprehensive city improvement package funded by a one-cent sales tax - was approved by Oklahoma City voters. Following in the footsteps of two highly successful MAPS programs, MAPS 3 will provide funding for some key projects that will help Oklahoma City remain a hub for sports, recreation, cultural and convention facilities. And because the funding for each project is guaranteed and collected before construction begins, each project is completed
New Convention Center
The proposed center - with a $252 million budget - will feature nearly 200,000 square feet of exhibit space, a 35,000-square-foot ballroom and 50,000 square feet of additional meeting space. With a prime location just south of the Myriad Botanical Gardens & Tropical Conservatory and across the street from the Chesapeake Energy Arena, the yet-to-be-named convention center is projected to open in 2019.
New Bennett Event Center
As another project included in Oklahoma City's third installment of MAPS, Oklahoma State Fair Park now has a new 279,000-square-foot expo building. Completed in 2016, the new building on the east side of State Fair Park includes 201,000 square feet of expo space, 11,100-square-foot kitchen to support catering and a 30' x 40' hangar door for large equipment access.
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.
Modern Downtown Streetcar System
Approximately five to 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 help to more sustainably connect workers to their jobs, residents to events and visitors to our attractions.
70-acre Downtown 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.