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Celebrating 10 Years on the Oklahoma River

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Remember the North Canadian River? Growing up in Oklahoma City, I remember driving, well, riding, north up May Avenue towards the fairgrounds. It was always a reason to gauge the width of the water below. Often, it wasn't very wide.

That's what I remember growing up in Oklahoma City back in the 1970s. But the now-named Oklahoma River has plenty of water and plenty of dreams, like Olympic-hopeful-sized dreams.

North Canadian River in the 1950s near Agnew Avenue. It would become the Oklahoma River.
North Canadian River in the 1950s near Agnew Avenue. It would become the Oklahoma River.

I asked Mike Knopp if he knew what he wanted to be when he grew up. Even Knopp, the executive director of the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation, didn't dream of a world-class Olympic sporting facility just south of downtown.

Oklahoma City aerial in 2012. Photo credit Insight Visual Media.
Oklahoma City aerial in 2012. Photo credit Insight Visual Media.

The Chesapeake Boathouse opened in January of 2006. That boathouse was the first in the Boathouse District along the Oklahoma River. This January marks its 10th anniversary.

Over the past ten years, we've seen numerous athletic events. We've seen charity events, weddings, parties, meetings, holidays and fireworks. The addition of the Devon Boathouse and the Devon Finish Line Tower with stadium seating and lights for night racing have all added to the growing complex along the river's shores.

And coming online this year will be the Riversport Rapids. Knopp says they are targeting an April opening, with May firmly in the crosshairs for the Road to Rio event. 

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Oklahoma City aerial in 2012. Photo credit Insight Visual Media.

Oklahoma City aerial in 2012. Photo credit Insight Visual Media.

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