A sweeping section of prairie, a grass amphitheater and a community garden are all part – and only part – of the initial designs for OKC’s Scissortail Lower Park.
City council officials confirmed securing all the land at the end of 2017, and have since released a design plan for the southern section of the site, with construction work due to start in 2020.
According to the design, the 28-acre site has been sectioned off into eight areas, including a promenade, woodland and sports fields. A section of just more than 3 acres is reserved for the “biggest downtown prairie,” which includes a butterfly and bird garden.
Scissortail Lower Park will be bordered to the north by I-40 and extends south to SW 10th Street and to SW 15th between S Harvey and Robinson – basically, to the Oklahoma River.
A sports area complete with four multipurpose courts, shaded picnic areas, fitness stations and a sports pavilion fill the north side of the park. An event space to the south of the park includes a grassed amphitheater that borders a community garden complete with a “grill for cooking.” The plans suggest that this area could be used for nutrition classes and educational programs.
OKC City Council spokeswoman Kristy Yager stressed the plans remain subject to change for the design of the lower park, which is set to be completed in 2021.
Construction on Scissortail Park’s 40-acre upper section is underway, and due to be completed in 2019.
► See renderings from the proposed plans below:
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