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Oklahoma City University to Host MAPS 3 Public Forum
OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City University will host a public forum Nov. 16 to inform the community about the proposed initiatives in MAPS 3. Oklahoma City voters will decide on the new MAPS proposal Dec. 8. The information session will be from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Kerr McGee Auditorium at OCU’s Meinders School of Business, N.W. 27th St. and McKinley Ave. The event will feature a question-and-answer session with Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett; Ron Norick, former Oklahoma City mayor, chairman of the Oklahoma River Redevelopment Authority and OCU trustee; and Mike Knopp, OCU head rowing coach and executive director of the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation. Oklahoma City University President and Vice Chairman of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber Transportation Committee Tom McDaniel will moderate the event. “MAPS 3 is an exciting opportunity for Oklahoma City,” McDaniel said. “The projects included in the new MAPS proposal will propel the momentum in Oklahoma City to new heights. This is an exciting time to be a part of our great city and we are proud to be Oklahoma City’s university.” MAPS 3 projects include the development of a 70-acre central park linking the core of downtown with the Oklahoma River, a new rail-based streetcar system as well as potential funding for other rail transit initiatives such as commuter lines and a transit hub, a new downtown convention center, the addition of sidewalks along major streets and near facilities used by the public throughout the city, 57 miles of new public bicycling and walking trails throughout the city, improvements to the Oklahoma River including a public whitewater kayaking facility and upgrades intended to achieve the finest rowing racecourse in the world, state-of-the-art health and wellness aquatic centers throughout the city designed for senior citizens and improvements to the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds. The proposal calls for a one-cent sales tax that maintains the current city sales tax rate. For more information about MAPS 3, visit www.okc.gov/maps3. For more information about the forum, call (405) 208-5348.