OKC aquarium
(Mike Allen)

This past week, Oklahoma City residents learned of a massive proposal looming for the next MAPS vote; one that made its presence known with a splash, you could say.

An OKC aquarium located downtown — with a Bricktown canal extension running through it — sounds incredible, and the renderings only add to the excitement. The question is, where was this proposal during the entire selection process for MAPS 4? Why wait until the last minute to announce it, especially if proponents had an elaborate presentation ready to go, complete with slick renderings and videos? Judging from the response, it seems like a wildly popular idea that would certainly reel in many “yes” votes.

All the talk over an OKC aquarium is apparently for naught, however, as this project was not included on the MAPS 4 slate revealed Friday and scheduled for a vote by the OKC City Council this Tuesday. As discussion of what will be voted on by the public in December becomes finalized, I wonder what will become of the OKC aquarium idea. Will it be lost to time or resurrect itself in 10 years for MAPS 5? It’s intriguing for a week, that’s for sure.

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