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Links 1 through 5 of 5 by Blair Humphreys tagged river

“The MAPS 3 vote in Oklahoma City represents a community coming together to build a better future that includes sport and recreation,” said USRowing CEO Glenn Merry. “We are happy to be part of the legacy that will grow out of that. The riverfront development project is ambitious and visionary. I continue to be moved by the people of Oklahoma City to lead a stronger national governing body that engages the future in addition to reviving our great traditions.”

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The Whitewater Center expects to bring-in nearly $7 million this year, just enough to cover its bills and make a small profit of $11,000.

The city of Charlotte gives the center $286,000 annually in taxpayer dollars.

The Center says despite the recession, people are coming out to enjoy the rapids, rock wall climbing, and the cafe.

"The bulk of our business takes place between April and the end of October, so we're cautiously optimistic we're going to end up having a pretty good year," said Operations Manager Jeff Wise.

Hank Broska and his wife spent some time at the U.S. National Whitewater Center on Thursday.

"It's our first time," said Broska. "We heard so much about it."

This year, the park is offering an all-sport pass of $49 which makes it more affordable and allows visitors to enjoy all the park has to offer. Officials think this help boost the bottom line.

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A proposed whitewater rafting and kayaking facility near downtown could have an annual economic impact of as much as $29 million, a study conducted for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce shows.

“The total footprint of the mid-level park and associated buildings would be 15 acres,” the report says. “It would include a freestyle channel, an instruction channel, and a competition channel surrounding an upper and lower pond. There would also be a kayak- and canoe-launch area. The facilities would include a restaurant and conference center, an outfitter store and an adjacent climbing center.”

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The Devon/OCU boathouse is bigger and more expensive than Chesapeake’s. Rather than trying to one-up Chesapeake, Knopp says the new boathouse will simply serve a different purpose.

The Chesapeake Boathouse is about 15,000 square feet. Devon’s boathouse will have about 35,000 square feet of training and event space. When the Devon boathouse opens, the OCU team will pack up its oars and move in. At that time, Chesapeake Boathouse will serve primarily as a community boathouse.

Additional boathouses are in the planning and fund-raising phases for University of Oklahoma and University of Central Oklahoma. McClendon has again made a personal commitment to help fund OU’s boathouse, and Chesapeake has made a financial commitment to UCO.

The OU boathouse is expected to cost $4 million, and the UCO boathouse will be in the neighborhood of $8 million to $9 million, Knopp says.

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The 122,000-pound wheel was auctioned off on eBay for $132,400. Half the proceeds were donated to the Special Olympics of Southern California. Grant Humphreys, the 32 year-old real estate developer who bought it plans to incorporate the old Ferris wheel into a mixed use commercial/residential development called "The Waterfront" that Humphreys is developing along the Oklahoma River in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

At nine stories high, the new Pacific Wheel lifts riders more than 130 feet above the Pacific Ocean and lights up the sky with 160,000 energy-efficient LED lights that generate more than 71,000-kilowatt hours of renewable photovoltaic power from sunlight. The wheel's 6,000 plus multi-colored bulbs and 16 special effects combine at night to create a truly spectacular show against the backdrop of the California coastline.

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