Did you know that the Scissortail Park concept was shaped by Gibbs College students in a course taught by dean Hans E. Butzer more than 10 years ago?

Now, after years of saving and planning, Oklahoma City has officially opened the park in downtown! In fact, more than 28,000 people turned out to the grand opening of Scissortail Park on Friday, September 27, 2019.

Butzer and his firm, Butzer Architects and Urbanism (BAU), worked with Hargreaves Associates to bring the park to life. BAU designed the park structures, including a stage, event pavilion and more, while Hargreaves Associates provided landscape architecture services.

“We’re all trying to create the best possible space in the history of the city, and you don’t sleep, you keep going,” said Butzer.

Part of the 2007 “Core-to-Shore” master plan, Scissortail Park functions to connect the downtown Oklahoma City area to the Oklahoma River. The park is comprised of an “upper park,” which opened last Friday, and a “lower park,” which will open in the coming years.

When completed, the two parks will total 70-acres of public space, and feature a variety of engaging experiences for visitors including ornamental gardens and woodlands, a 3.7 acre lake, children’s playground and water fountains, seasonal roller rink, dog park, picnic grove, and more.

Scissortail Park in the News:

  • This Conservative City Built a $132 Million Park Using One Weird Trick (link)
  • Thousands Show for Kings of Leon at New Oklahoma City Park (link)
  • Scissortail Park: A decade in the making (link)
  • Scissortail Park a hit for first round of visitors during its grand opening (link)
  • Oklahoma City officially unveils Scissortail Park (link)
  • It’s finally time to experience Scissortail Park (link)
  • Goodwill teams up with Scissortail Park to provide jobs to employees (link)
  • Scissortail Park result of debate and compromise (link)

Featured image: The Associated Press