Multimillion dollar plans to bring rafting, expo center to OKC approved

OKLAHOMA CITY – Building Oklahoma City into a tourist destination is the goal of two multimillion dollar projects that got the green light this week.

On Tuesday, city leaders approved final plans for two MAPS 3 projects, including a whitewater rafting area along the Oklahoma River and a new expo center at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds.

The new expo center won’t be cheap.

It’ll cost $44 million and will replace the Travel and Transportation building.

At nearly 300,000 square feet, the expo center will be four times larger than any other building on the fairgrounds and should keep larger trade shows from bypassing Oklahoma.

“It allows us to have a large area where one show can be under one roof,” said Tim O’Toole, with the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds.

Getting more families to enjoy the Oklahoma River is the driving force behind a new whitewater complex in the Boathouse District.

“I think…

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