Idea-go-round

Celia Moor
Credit: Shannon Cornman

Now she is one of several people hoping to get their ideas heard at meetings held by Hargreaves Associates, the company designing the 70-acre, $132 million MAPS 3 downtown park.

During the first meeting, held Sept. 13 at the downtown library, a near-capacity crowd heard and put forth ideas, or voiced support for others’ ideas, about how the park should be designed.

A second public meeting is scheduled for Thursday in the fourth-floor auditorium of the library, 300 Park Ave., while a third is scheduled for December. Construction on the park — bounded on the north by the future boulevard, on the south by the Oklahoma River, and linked across the new crosstown Interstate 40 by the iconic Skydance Bridge — is expected to begin in 2013.

Moor was one of the first individuals to stand up during the Sept. 13 meeting, and proposed her idea of a carousel. She said she got the idea after seeing Missoula’s carousel, a popular venue for family-friendly events in that town.

Although carousels can be found around town, such as at the Oklahoma City Zoo, one that carries an Oklahoma theme and is housed in a building with a gift shop and other businesses in the new park would serve as a destination point.

“I think Oklahoma City is building a legacy now for future generations to stay here,” Moor said.

She suggested the carousel could be populated by horses and other animals

with historically significant ties to the Sooner state, such as a bison named Rumble; Will Rogers’ horse, Soapsuds; and a horse named after Wiley Post’s airplane, Winnie Mae.

The animals could be carved by local artisans and sponsor by local companies, Moor said.

OKC residents are being asked by the city to vote on things they would like to see in the park. Individuals can vote online at okc.gov/maps3 or via a survey at Thursday’s meeting. (The carousel is not yet among the items on the survey.)

“Citizen feedback is a critical part of the MAPS 3 planning process,” Mayor Mick Cornett said in a news release. “We depend on residents’ input to help us design an iconic park that reflects our vibrant community.”


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