It took the relocation of a major interstate and the vision of Oklahoma City leaders to seize the opportunity for the area of downtown we now refer to as Core to Shore.
The Core to Shore Development Framework, adopted in 2008, is a plan to connect the heart of the city to the Oklahoma River, remove blight and redevelop the area into what will be one of the major attractions to Oklahoma City.
Scissortail Park will be a 70-acre urban oasis extending from the core of downtown to the shore of the Oklahoma River. Design features include a cafe, a great lawn for large performances, a lake with a boathouse and an extensive network of sidewalks and trails. The new convention center will include a 220,000-square-foot exhibit hall that includes 45,000 square feet of meeting room space and a 30,000-square-foot ballroom.
The convention center headquarters hotel will be built, owned and operated by Omni Hotels. The 17-story hotel will be located between the Chesapeake Energy Arena and the new convention center and will feature dining, shopping, a full-service spa and an open rooftop pool overlooking the park.
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