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May Avenue Dam - Oklahoma River - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma USA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member vulture1957
N 35° 27.500 W 097° 34.030
14S E 630019 N 3924815
Quick Description: The first of three dams on the Oklahoma River. This dam is at May Avenue just south of Reno Avenue. The second is just east of Western Ave and the third is east of Eastern Ave. To see the associated lock, see Waymark Code: WM10114
Location: Oklahoma, United States
Date Posted: 2/6/2019 2:24:57 PM
Waymark Code: WM1015A
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member wayfrog
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Long Description:
A 7-mile stretch of the North Canadian River has been transformed into a series of three river lakes bordered by landscaped areas, trails and recreational facilities now known as the Oklahoma River.

The official boundary zones of the Oklahoma River are Eastern Avenue (to the east) and Meridian Avenue (to the west).

Dams at Eastern, Western and May Avenues raise the level of the river. Locks at Western and May avenues allow boats to navigate the entire 7-mile length of the river project. The locks will not be open to the general public on a daily basis but plans are under review to allow boaters to traverse them on special occasions. The primary purpose of the locks is for use by Oklahoma River Cruises. The locks were specifically designed to accommodate the 65' long River Cruise boats.

from Triad Design Group web site

For over thirty-five years Triad Design Group has played an integral role with Oklahoma City visionaries in the development of the Oklahoma River Corridor. The River’s historic beginning was as a naturally meandering, 7-mile stretch of the North Canadian River (NCR) flowing through the City. After a series of damaging floods beginning in the 1920’s, the river was straightened and redirected with a 1950’s flood mitigation project that turned the NCR into an unsightly drainage ditch bisecting OKC geographically and socially.

In the mid-70’s, city leaders along with Triad engineers developed a series of river master plans to restore the NCR. Triad’s 1980 planning document, the String of Pearls Master Plan, outlined a unique integration of public and private partnerships for development of the 18-mile NCR corridor with trail systems, water features, and recreational areas but the 1980’s oil bust kept the projects from proceeding.

To oversee development efforts, the OCRRA (Oklahoma City Riverfront Redevelopment Authority) was created. The river vision was renewed with the 1993 OKC sales tax for MAPS (Metropolitan Area Projects) which funded nine major City projects including a revitalization project for the Oklahoma River. Triad designed and executed a river corridor plan for OKC which included three low water dams; the Eastern Dam at Lincoln Boulevard, Paul H. Brum, Jr. Dam at Western Avenue, and the May Avenue Dam, to capture the river water in a trio of river lakes. Triad engineers designed the May and Brum dams with operational boat locks, allowing future navigation and opening the possibilities for the economic and recreational boom of contemporary OKC. The plan was completed with 13 miles of multi-use trails and landscaping, restoring the shoreline to its natural beauty.
Waterway where the dam is located: Oklahoma River

Main use of the Water Dam: Recreation Area

Material used in the structure: Concrete

Fishing Allowed: yes

Motor Sports Allowed: no

Height of Dam: Not listed

Date built: Not listed

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