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The 70-acre public space is open for summer fun.

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Summer At Scissortail Park

Skating Rink, Pedal Boats, New Dining Options Herald In Summer Vibes

Article by Heide Brandes

Photography by Kimberly Richelle

Originally published in OKC City Lifestyle

With warmer weather comes the urge to get outside and have some fun. Scissortail Park, Oklahoma City's newest community space in downtown, is a 70-acre public space created from funds generated by a penny sales tax. The 36-acre Upper Park opened on September 27, 2019.

This spring, the park was open to citizens who practiced responsible social distancing. As the country opens back up, the park has new offerings planned for summer, making it a perfect time to explore the green spaces and new activities.


The Spark Cafe, operated by the Social Order Dining Group, was slated to open this summer at the north end of the park. Serving up burger, fries, shakes and other Americana selections. Visitors can dine indoors or enjoy the sun's rays on the outdoor patio while also sipping a cold beer or wine. 

"We will also have grab-and-go concessions as well," said Stacey Aldridge, director of Marketing and Communications at Scissortail Park Foundation. "One of the grab-and-go concessions will be at the Scissortail Boathouse where people rent the pedal boats. We are trying to do healthier options, like fruit, nuts and vegetables. We will also have beer and wine available too."


Jump into one of Scissortail Park's four-seater pedal boats this summer to have fun on the 3.7-acre lake. The boathouse includes a concession stand, restrooms and a large shaded patio. Guests can rent pedal boats (one is ADA accessible), kayaks, and stand-up paddle boards for lake activities.


New this summer, Scissortail Park will open its seasonal roller skating rink at the event pavillion on the south side of the park by the Skydance Bridge. Called the Sky Rink at Scissortail, guests can rent quad skates for the rink or in-line skates to use throughout the park.

"We planned to open the rink in May. Just like the Myriad Gardens has the ice rink in winter, we have the roller rink in spring and summer," Aldridge said.


Musical performances are among the park's summer offerings. During COVID-19 restrictions, the park streamed performances from local artists with the help of Graham Colton of the Jones Assembly. As restrictions ease, local musicians will perform in public spaces.

"When we start having people back, we will definitely offer concerts in the park," said Aldridge.

Don't forget to check out the Farmers' Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays!

  • Scissortail Park plans to open its seasonal roller skating rink this summer.
  • Cruise around the lake at Scissortail Park on one of the new pedal boats.
  • The 70-acre public space is open for summer fun.
  • Scissortail Park is Oklahoma City's newest urban park.