An unused area of downtown Oklahoma City is being turned back into a beach for the summer.
The third base plaza at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark will be filled with sand and covered with umbrellas, lounge chairs, sand volleyball equipment and outdoor games.
Designed to draw even more crowds into the downtown area and offering much-needed shade during the hot summer days, organizers Downtown OKC said it was an easy way to create a new public space – albeit a temporary one.
Downtown OKC’s Vice President Jill DeLozier explains, “We understand the need for more shaded, safe, outdoor areas, and this is something visitors of all ages can enjoy. Even though it’s temporary, we hope it makes people happy, adds value to the district, and helps local businesses.”
The new space opens on Thursday, May 25 – and to mark the occasion, the Big 12 Baseball Tournament will be hosting a Tailgating Party.
Other events being held at Bricktown Beach include a volleyball tournament in partnership with American Institute of Architects Oklahoma and a free movie night showing Angels in the Outfield on Friday, July 21.
Bricktown-based JE Dunn Construction Group is installing the beach for free, which requires 126 tons of sand.
"After the success of the first year, we are eager to bring the Bricktown Beach back for year two,” says the company’s Director of Business Development, Jeff Napoliello.
The beach will be open to the public around the clock until Thursday, August 31.
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