By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
Oklahoma City area residents are invited to attend “Haunt the River” on Friday and Saturday, October 30-31 during the grand opening of the new $1.1 million RIVERSPORT Adventure Park at Lake Overholser.
The grand opening celebration begins with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m., Thursday, October 29. The event will include representatives of the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation, The Ann Lacy Foundation, area Chambers of Commerce, local mayors and other VIPs.
Lake adventures and “Haunt the River” activities will be open to the public Friday, from 4 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, from 1 to 8 p.m.
The Lake Overholser Boathouse is located at 3115 E. Overholser Drive, on the east shore, just south of the historic Route 66 Bridge.
The Boathouse offers access to the North Canadian River for activities such as kayaking and stand up paddle boarding. Along the lake’s edge, trails are available for running, cycling or walking.
Special weekend activities will include face painting, story telling around a campfire, pumpkin decorating and haunted dragon boat excursions. Food trucks will be available, and the new “Kayak Café” inside the Boathouse will offer coffee, smoothies and snacks.
A project of the OKC Boathouse Foundation, the new Adventure Park includes the renovation of two existing boathouses and the addition of adventure activities such as a free fall experience, zip line, extreme swing and climbing wall, as well as bird-themed pedal boats.
“This new Riversport Adventure Park has been made possible through a $1 million gift by The Ann Lacy Foundation, which has generously brought all these new family-friendly opportunities to the east shore of the lake,” said Mike Knopp, executive director of the OKC Boathouse Foundation.
“We see Riversport Adventures at Lake Overholser as a new community gathering place,” Knopp said. “If you’re a cyclist or runner you’ll enjoy using it as a great starting and ending spot, and we have a free bicycle rescue station for quick bike repairs.”
The Lake Overholser Boathouse also features an interactive fitness area that is part of the Foundation’s FitQuest program for both youth and adults.
“We’re proud to be part of expanding the Boathouse Foundation’s mission to engage our city in fun, outdoor activity,” said Chris Lawson, President and CEO of The Ann Lacy Foundation. “It’s a beautiful location and deserves the same quality facilities as we enjoy downtown.”
Knopp added, “The Adventure Park also includes the renovation of the Stroud House boathouse and the addition of a new riverside covered deck known as the Lacy Landing. It’s the perfect place for birthday parties or family picnics.
“You can rent any of our facilities for private parties or corporate retreats,” he said. “The Lake Overholser Boathouse has both indoor and outdoor spaces and offers sweeping views of the lake – including the gorgeous sunsets.”
During “Haunt the River” some special features will be added to the new venue.
“We’re having some fun by renaming our adventures with spooky names,” Knopp continued. “We’ll have the Sky Scream zip, Candy Corn Climb, Screamin’ Swing, Kreepy Kayaking and my favorite, the Dead Man’s Drop.”
All Haunt the River activities are included with the purchase of an Adventure day pass for $35 and parking is free.