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    It said the new hull would be an exact replica of the current sub. Also, the mast from the original would be placed on top and be 15 feet tall. They said they have located some of the large Cannons from the USS Oklahoma that would be a part of the memorial. They also said the monument would be mounted as high as possible so it would be seen from I-40.

    I'm ready to donate to this cause.

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    I’m excited about this. It has been a big challenge to get people to treat Bricktown and Riversport as a single destination connected by the canal. There are some things in the works to improve and better highlight the Bricktown Landing/Regatta Park connection, but this is one more thing to knit it all together.

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    I've always thought the Boathouse District would be a great place to put a bunch of sand volleyball courts (maybe 4-8) to draw more people there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dankrutka View Post
    I've always thought the Boathouse District would be a great place to put a bunch of sand volleyball courts (maybe 4-8) to draw more people there.
    I have said the same thing. If you see the success of the Downtown OKC Inc. pop-up sand volleyball @ the ballpark each summer, then you can bet public courts literally anywhere would be a success. Place them in an area where a foodtruck could post up and you suddenly have a neat fair weather setup with minimal costs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dankrutka View Post
    I've always thought the Boathouse District would be a great place to put a bunch of sand volleyball courts (maybe 4-8) to draw more people there.
    I always thought with the addition of that we could try and lure an AVP Tour stop.

  6. #1181

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timshel View Post
    From the article: "The memorial is planned to coincide with the decommissioning of the USS Oklahoma City submarine. The sail that tops the submarine would be salvaged and attached to a replica of the hull, which is prohibited from being put on display."

    Forgive my ignorance, but I assume this means the main portion of the submarine would be a replica and thus not interactive/able to be toured? (EDIT: I watched the video, which confirms this.) The article makes it seem like the actual submarine could not be displayed or toured for security reasons. And even if they could I imagine the cost to move the actual submarine, which I assume would involve disassembling at least portions of it, would probably be prohibitively expense. If so, that is understandable but disappointing. Half the fun of something like this is being able to tour the craft. That being said, I really like the idea. Definitely a worthy cause and educational opportunity.
    I've always thought that a donated small ship from the naval mothballs would go over very well on the river. Even a decommissioned minesweeper...something that can be boarded and toured. Several decommissioned ships are available for donation. Even an old destroyer is only 400 ft long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RGSR View Post
    I've always thought that a donated small ship from the naval mothballs would go over very well on the river. Even a decommissioned minesweeper...something that can be boarded and toured. Several decommissioned ships are available for donation. Even an old destroyer is only 400 ft long.
    I love this idea.

    However, I wonder if the river is deep enough?

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    It is not deep enough.

    The draft of the Avenger class minesweepers is 15 feet. I don't think the North Canadian is that deep in any section of the river.

    Edit: The Arleigh-Burke and Zumwalt class destroyers have a draft of about 30 feet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dankrutka View Post
    I've always thought the Boathouse District would be a great place to put a bunch of sand volleyball courts (maybe 4-8) to draw more people there.
    Get rid of the Pull a part yard, and turn it into a giant beach park, with room for volleyball courts or anything else. Road access isn't great over there so building anything substantial will be challenging. Even with the new Central Park, there's room for more outdoor things to do, particularly if the options in a particular area are few and far between for development.

    (I guess that obnoxious new substation is there too, so that would take away from the benefits of a park, but still).

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    The way I understand it, the rivers deepest part is above the dams at a max depth of 12 feet.

  11. #1186

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    You'll be lucky to find a good portion of the river that's deeper than 8-10ft, especially as you get closer to the sides.

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    Maybe I am wrong, but I am pretty sure the river could be easily dug out to accommodate a ship for display if they really wanted to. It isn't like it needs to be legitimately floating - but then again, how do you even move a ship to Oklahoma? In pieces? Maybe one could be partly assembled.

  13. #1188

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    Not sure how it got there, but at one time there was a submarine (I think Batfish is the name of it) in Muskogee. But Muskogee is an inland port city.

  14. #1189

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bellaboo View Post
    Not sure how it got there, but at one time there was a submarine (I think Batfish is the name of it) in Muskogee. But Muskogee is an inland port city.
    The USS Batfish is a submarine from WWII. It was sailed up the Mississippi and then the Arkansas river to Muskogee. It stopped at Muskogee because the Arkansas river wasn't deep enough to get it to Tulsa! Cool tourist spot

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    This would be the exact placement of the USS OKC replica:


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    From Steve's chat today with Mike Knopp:

    As far as right now, we're in the midst of some small projects. We are very excited about how they add to the lifestyle experience along the river. One is the further build out of our bike park. We are introducing new elements. You may notice a new paint job on the pump track. It's turning into annother world class feature for the boathouse district. We will be hosting the Red Bull Pump Track World Championship qualifier in two weeks. It's another way to drive exposure and interest to Oklahoma City.

    We're building a dog park. It's going to be right next to the McClendon Whitewater Center. It will be unique. It will be free. It will have a restaurant right next to it. You can enjoy some food, have your dog out with you, enjoy a view of the river. We will agility features - we will be calling this Boathouse Barks and Brews. That's coming very soon.
    Another thing coming up is we are going to enhancing our recreational channel in the whitewater center to add additional surfing features and make it more accessible to new kayakers.
    We have an outdoor lifestyle amenity that is unique in the world in that it is urban. It will be showcased to hundreds of outdoor retailers who will be coming to Oklahoma City for the new Paddleboard Sports Retailer show in August. We believe this is going to be a transformational event that will expose Oklahoma City to a new set of retailers and more over, brand Oklahoma City as a premier new outdoor destination.

    There is a developing interest in new restaurant concepts and lifestyle amenities and I believe that will likely be among the first opportunities that we will consider.

    There were some portions of the MAPS 3 plan for the river that were trimmed during early budget concerns. Now there is a surplus and we are recommending a set of improvements for the Boathouse District to compliment the world class facilities that already exist. These things are meant to help further elevate the Boathouse District as a destination for not only Oklahoma City residents but also tourists from around the world.
    we are beginning a master plan discussion where are looking at the future commercial private development opportunities as well as parking. Structured parking development is something that is being considered, including the opportunity to do mixed use development. One idea is doing something creative like a garage that would be skinned with climbing walls.

    They did that in Chattanooga and it was well received.

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    I understand the need for the rocks, but I wish they would build a decking over them to create a walkway directly up to the edge of the river. It would make the unnatural nature of how straight the river is a little easier on fhe eyes and make interacting with the river a little more intimate.

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    I love the Boathouse District, I really do, and the architecture of those buildings are so interesting and well-done. But in looking at that picture, I have to wonder why they haven't planted more trees among and between the boathouses. I understand it's not going to be a forest overnight, but it's just so ... stark. Is there some reason, maybe involving lines of sight from the observation decks? They could at least plant trees along the parking lot side of the structures. This is really sort of a pet peeve of mine whenever I come home for a visit. Trees do grow in Oklahoma, and they just make the landscape so much more ... inviting.

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    The Boathouse District was featured recently on Thrillist as the attraction chosen from Oklahoma that contributes to making America awesome - already nearly 1 million views!

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    Quote Originally Posted by catch22 View Post
    I understand the need for the rocks, but I wish they would build a decking over them to create a walkway directly up to the edge of the river. It would make the unnatural nature of how straight the river is a little easier on fhe eyes and make interacting with the river a little more intimate.
    If you've ever been to Louisville they have really nice riverfront park that does a great job with the shorelines.


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    Paddlesports Retailer Finds New Home in Oklahoma City

    Paddlesports Retailer, the official trade show “for paddlers, by paddlers” celebrated its second year with a bang, wrapping up its successful 2018 move to Oklahoma City on Aug. 30.

    After the show’s inaugural run last summer in Madison, Wis., organizers selected a new location. The reasons included OKC’s world-class urban paddlesports venue on the Oklahoma River, highlighted by the $45.2 million Riversport Rapids Whitewater Center, as well as its Cox Convention Center in the heart of downtown, soon to be replaced by a new, even bigger 200,000-square-foot convention center slated to open in 2020.

    "Those are the two primary reasons we moved to Oklahoma City," says Show Manager Charles Connor. "We were out of space in our original location in Madison, and the paddlesports venue on the river worked great for both flatwater and whitewater exhibitors and attendees."

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    Interesting move to OKC. As a current resident of Madison, paddleboarding and kayaking is huge here with our lakes but we do lack any whitewater activities. Glad to see this giving OKC another viewpoint from these consumers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catch22 View Post
    I understand the need for the rocks, but I wish they would build a decking over them to create a walkway directly up to the edge of the river. It would make the unnatural nature of how straight the river is a little easier on fhe eyes and make interacting with the river a little more intimate.
    I LOVE this idea^^^. It would instantly attract more folks down there. The riverfront has the most potential as a place to make a huge impact in the next decade following the finishing of the parks and Conv. Ctr. The mill property plus the developments on the southside of the river really make the potential for this area huge as a magnet for locals and visitors alike. If more development along the river including housing, hotels, retail and restaurants can be placed in attractive settings riverside, along with Wheeler, the Native American museum, and Riversports complex, this area could be dynamic and the main pull to the city center. SOOO much potential--a sort of OKC promenade along both sides of the river that is fully developed would be incredible. What possibilities!

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