A gathering place for everyone.
We’re so excited to have Scissortail Park be one of the latest additions to our collection of unique Oklahoma attractions. After opening in September of 2019 with a spectacular Kings of Leon concert bringing in a record-setting crowd of 28,000 people, this 70-acre urban oasis has only grown more beautiful and exciting. From fun on the water and its lush gardens to a skating rink and weekly events, there is always more to discover at Scissortail Park.
In this blog, we’re going to walk you through some of our favorite parts of the Park. If you’ve visited before, write us a comment below with yours!
The Great Lawn
Making up the largest portion of the Park, the Great Lawn sees visitors enjoying a yoga session, tossing a frisbee, snacking on a picnic or lounging while waiting for the sunset. On select Friday nights, you can even catch local musical artists performing live. Scissortail Park’s Live from the Lawn concert series will return on September 26 for a special one-year anniversary celebration. The free, live show will feature music by Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter (and Oklahoma native), John Fullbright with Pilgrim.
Rentals from the Boathouse
Pedal boats, canoes, kayaks and tandem kayaks are available to rent daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., weather permitting. A $12 rental fee gets you 45 minutes on the water after signing a waiver, and boats and life jackets are disinfected after each use to help keep visitors safe and healthy. The Boathouse is located next to the Lake at the western end of the bridge and is used for wellness programming, musical performances and private event rentals.
Rolling at the Sky Rink
The latest addition to the Park is its seasonal skating rink! Located at the southeast corner near the Skydance Bridge, the Sky Rink sits under the Event Pavilion and features a 5,000-square-foot skating surface for both traditional quad skates and inline skates. They’re available to rent or you can bring your own! Plus, inline skates can be used inside the rink or taken anywhere on Scissortail Park grounds. The Sky Rink is open Wednesday-Sunday with admission costing $7 most days and $8 on Friday and Saturday.
Weekly Farmer’s Market
Local vendors are on site at the Scissortail Park Stage Plaza every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. You’ll find everything from fresh produce and flowers to treats and handcrafted pottery. It’s a great way to support local growers and artisans and enjoy the rest of the park afterward. There’s not an ATM, so be sure to have cash handy. Bring a reusable bag and your four-legged friend to enjoy some of the best goodies in the state.
On a hot day, the fountains on the eastern side of the Park are a fun way to cool off and let the kids splash about. The Scissortail Sprayground is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. so long as the wind and weather cooperate. Children are required to be supervised and wearing water shoes or foot protection. Your water-loving kids and pets are going to love this space!
The Children’s Play Pavilion and Playground
Keep the play and discovery going at the Children’s Play Pavilion and Playground right next to the Sprayground. The large fort ascends to a tower with slides that bring kids back down to enjoy geometric dome climbers, a net lens, rope climbers and more. The ground is soft and slightly bouncy, which is perfect for keeping your rambunctious little ones safe. Covered outdoor and enclosed interior bays make this area a great one for birthday parties, baby showers, family reunions, picnics and other kid-friendly occasions.
Garden Spaces With Native Plants
While Scissortail Park is filled with fun activities, what makes strolling through so enjoyable are the many garden spaces all throughout. The majority contain flora native to Oklahoma, inviting butterflies, birds and more wildlife to the urban park. There are small signs accompanying each plant species for the curious to learn more about them. Dedicated plant enthusiasts can learn more about the plants featured on the park here.
Scissortail Park has already proven to be an entertaining and peaceful addition to the downtown OKC landscape, especially during this time of social distancing. We can’t wait to see even more exciting things unfold here in the future.
Be sure to check out the Destination page for Scissortail Park to see more of this incredible space!