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Rolling on the River

Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 12:00:00 am

You’ve heard us talk about the Oklahoma River many times, including the old jokes about how we used to have to mow the river. Like any good joke, there is a lot of truth to it. Thanks to MAPS, the river has gone from a sometimes partially full river that sometimes had to be mowed to a world-class rowing venue with millions of dollars of public/private investment. Maybe no other part of Oklahoma City embodies our modern-day renaissance like the river and its development.

The Oklahoma River is home to an official training site for U.S. Olympic & Paralympic river sports. However, the river is not just for Olympic athletes. The river has something for everyone and is a great place to enjoy the spring weather and get in a little exercise.

No matter your age, Olympic-hopeful or not, you can benefit from this great resource in the heart of Downtown Oklahoma City. If you already have some watersport experience you can head right to the river and rent a canoe or kayak. If you aren’t familiar with rowing, canoeing and kayaking, OKC RIVERSPORT offers classes that will teach you basic technique and general safety rules so you will be out on the water in no time.

As a crazy as it sounds, the Oklahoma River is not just for water enthusiasts thanks to some recent additions like the SandRidge Youth Pavilion. The pavilion is exactly what it sounds like, a pavilion for youths to get rowdy with the Sky Slide, Rumble Drop, playground and much more.

Not a rowdy youth? Try the new SandRidge Sky Trail if you want a thrill. The Sky Trail is the world’s tallest adventure course with six levels of challenges that will have you climbing, jumping and zig-zagging to the top.

Are you about to get in your van and head down to the river? Look at a buying a RIVERSPORT Adventure Pass. The pass allows you to enjoy everything we’ve talked about at one low price.

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