A collection of downtown improvements costing $140 million, Project 180 is a significant Oklahoma City renovation plan. Oklahoma City officials call Project 180 a "redesign of downtown streets, sidewalks, parks and plazas to improve appearance and make the central core more pedestrian friendly."
Get information and a list of frequently asked questions about Oklahoma City's Project 180 civic improvement and renovation plan.
Project 180 Facts
Location: Project 180 is centered in the downtown Oklahoma City area, with multiple phases covering streets and parks from Reno Avenue north to streets around the National Memorial & Museum at 6th and Harvey.
Landscape Architects: Office of James Burnett
Estimated Cost: $140 million
Start of Construction: August 2010
Estimated Date of Completion: January 2014
Project 180 FAQs
What renovations are included in Project 180?: The Project 180 improvements include:
- Downtown streetscape construction to include landscaping, public art, marked bike lanes, decorative street lighting and additional on-street parking spaces
- Significant improvements to the Myriad Botanical Gardens and surrounding area to include an outdoor amphitheater, landscaping, children's garden and play area, ice skating rink, restaurant, new grand entrance and dog park
- Repaneling of the Myriad Gardens' Crystal Bridge
- Renovation of the grand lawn at City Hall
- Renovation of Bicentennial Park, located in front of the Civic Center Music Hall
What does the name "Project 180" mean?: It refers to the estimated 180 acres of downtown Oklahoma City that will receive massive renovations and improvements as part of the project.
Is Project 180 part of MAPS?: No. The MAPS 3 initiatives are completely separate projects that are funded by a one-cent sales tax in place for various purposes since the original MAPS back in 1994. Project 180 does not raise taxes for Oklahoma City residents.
Then how is Project 180 funded?: The estimated $140 million funding for Project 180 comes largely from Tax Increment Financing (TIF) on construction of the downtown Devon Tower.
In addition, about $25 million will be paid by General Obligation Bonds passed in a 2007 bond election.
When will the Project 180 improvements be finished?: Project 180 is comprised of three separate "phases," with all being completed by January of 2014. The first phase includes street renovation along Reno and the Myriad Gardens changes. The Gardens are expected to open again in April 2011. Phase 2 begins in 2011 and covers the City Hall lawn improvements as well as construction on East Main Street, Sheridan, Hudson, Park Avenue, Broadway and EK Gaylord.
The final phase is scheduled for 2012 and includes work on NW 4th Street, Robert S. Kerr, West Main Street, Broadway, Harvey and North Walker as well as the renovation of Bicentennial Park.
Will Project 180 cause traffic issues downtown?: Yes. Various roads throughout downtown will be under construction at different times throughout each phase of the plan. The city has a traffic advisory map online to help you plan your downtown travel.
What will the Project 180 renovations look like?: Here are some renderings from the project's landscape architect, the Office of James Burnett:
- Myriad Botanical Gardens Overview
- Myriad Gardens Ice Skating Rink
- Myriad Gardens Fountain and Cafe
- Myriad Gardens Water Stage