If you were just driving by on I-35 or I-40 and saw the dirt being moved around on the north shore of the Oklahoma River, you'd have no idea that what's being created there is, for my money, perhaps the most exciting Maps project to date.
After signing a beam that will go in the White Water course building, city leaders took us on a tour of the $45 million project so far. It's much bigger than I'd imagined and although this early animation helps, it doesn't show all of the amenities that are included in the project.
“This is going to be the big covered outdoor café where you're going to sit with your margarita or whatever, and you're going to overlook this high action spot of the White Water channel”.
“Where people in their play boats will be doing flips and tricks and surfing and then the rafts will be coming in right at the end”.
This course is designed for Olympic hopefuls who'll tryout here next year, and the average joe's like you and me who want to raft the rapids with friends or solo in a kayak, and there are safe exit points if you end up in the water, and a lot of us will.
And just imagine seeing all of this from two busy interstates, people riding the rapids, some rowing on the river or zip lining across it in dusty old Oklahoma City. A year from now, you won't have to imagine it!
I'm Kelly Ogle and that's My 2 Cents.