OKLAHOMA CITY – Chickasaw Nation Governor Invoice Anoatubby in the present day unveiled plans for a serious resort-style improvement to be positioned adjoining to the newly-opened First Individuals Museum. Located alongside the Oklahoma River close to downtown Oklahoma Metropolis, OKANA Resort & Indoor Waterpark can be a $300+ million vacationer vacation spot designed to proceed the momentum of financial improvement in Oklahoma Metropolis.

“Sturdy partnerships and diligent effort amongst metropolis and state officers and personal entities have been integral to the launch of the First Individuals Museum,” mentioned Gov. Anoatubby. “With this world-class First Individuals Museum now in operation, we’re prepared to show our focus to what we imagine can be one other vital tourism and hospitality venue. It’s our imaginative and prescient that the OKANA Resort will improve the expertise for guests from not solely our area, however throughout North America and world wide. 

“OKANA Resort & Indoor Waterpark has been designed to enrich the First Individuals Museum’s deal with cultural expertise in addition to join guests to different leisure experiences alongside this established and vibrant a part of the Oklahoma River.”

Plans introduced detailed the primary part of the venture, which is scheduled to develop roughly 40 acres of the whole 140 acres held by AICCM Land Growth, LLC, an entirely owned subsidiary of the Chickasaw Nation.

The resort-hotel will characteristic an 11-story, 404-room lodge, offering company with luxurious lodging, riverfront and lagoon views and proximity to the guts of Oklahoma Metropolis and the Boathouse District. A five-acre outside journey lagoon designed for rest and play will sit on the heart of the property and can be comprised of 1 predominant physique of water and two smaller our bodies of water – all lined with sandy seashores. A pedestrian bridge will stretch throughout the primary physique of water, permitting company to simply transfer all through the property. The resort additionally will characteristic a 33,000 square-foot household leisure heart, over 100,000 square-foot indoor waterpark, 39,000 square-feet of convention heart area, spa and golf simulator, and a number of stores, and eating choices.

Chickasaw Nation Secretary of Commerce Invoice Lance mentioned that cooperation between native and state authorities and enterprise leaders made one of these funding potential. 

“Undoubtedly, an leisure and lodging complicated of this magnitude will add considerably to the thrilling progress occurring in Oklahoma Metropolis. Initially, the resort is projected to make use of 400 folks and the annualized financial impression 12 months one is projected to be $97 million. Moreover, estimates for the 10-year financial impression of this improvement are projected to exceed $1 billion, with full-time employment increasing to roughly 700-800.” 

The event additionally will characteristic a Native American Market and amphitheater. The market gives an area for First American artists to showcase artworks or different creations. The amphitheater and outside garden will accommodate roughly 1,500 folks. These venues are supposed to increase the museum’s programming with native artist performances, festivals, lectures and related occasions.

Lance famous that the event will join simply with the Boathouse District via a brand new Oklahoma River Cruises Ferry Touchdown funded via a $4 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration. Extra entry to the realm can be accessible via the paths system from each the north and the south. With the property positioned immediately on the Oklahoma River, guests may have a front-row seat to the beginning line for U.S. Rowing Nationwide Excessive Efficiency Heart’s 2000-meter course.

Wynne/Jackson, a Dallas-based actual property improvement agency, is aiding within the improvement design for your complete venture. New York-based Aquatic Growth Group is the lodge developer, whereas Wisconsin-based ADCI is the lodge and waterpark architect. Benchmark Hospitality will function the lodge and waterpark, which is anticipated to make use of about 500 folks in its operations. CallisonRTKL is also aiding within the grasp planning of your complete venture and serving as architect for the Native American Market and retail and eating elements. Johnson & Associates from Oklahoma Metropolis assisted with web site preparation and ongoing work.

Mission funding, together with web site remediation, infrastructure and improvement, will come from each non-public and public sources. Public funding will embrace tax increment funds, MAPS4, federal transportation grants and funds from present basic obligation bonds.

The plans submitted in the present day estimate a venture completion within the late spring of 2024.

Metropolis and enterprise leaders commented on the announcement of OKANA Resort & Indoor Waterpark.

“The caliber of this improvement is world-class and really worthy of America’s Twenty second-largest metropolis,” mentioned Oklahoma Metropolis Mayor David Holt. “FAM’s opening was simply step one in establishing this web site’s potential for our neighborhood. The announcement of the event plan illustrates how Oklahoma Metropolis can emerge as a global vacation spot for Native and Indigenous tradition. This improvement helps to additional create a spot the place Native and Indigenous folks will come collectively, and a spot the place all folks will expertise that tradition. On behalf of the folks of Oklahoma Metropolis, we’re so grateful to the Chickasaw Nation for its imaginative and prescient and its dedication to this venture. Our mutual partnership is one thing that Oklahoma Metropolis deeply values.”

“We’re excited to see the realm across the First Individuals Museum (FAM) be developed with care and appreciation for the architectural integrity of the museum. Our new neighbors, the AICCM Land Growth, LLC, an entirely owned subsidiary of the Chickasaw Nation, have been collaborative and inclusive with FAM because the venture has been designed. The FAM group has performed an advisory function all through the method. FAM, in addition to the encircling communities, will vastly profit from the presence of the convention lodge and water park,” mentioned James Pepper Henry, First Individuals Museum Director and CEO.

Roy Williams, Better Oklahoma Metropolis Chamber President and CEO mentioned, “The variety of hospitality and lodging choices accessible for OKC guests of every type has exploded up to now few years. And, quickly, the OKANA resort will deliver an extra expertise that enhances our distinctive new museum. The financial impression of a business improvement of this magnitude, particularly in proximity to the brand new park and the First Individuals Museum, builds on the momentum achieved in our metropolis lately. It’s a tribute to the “can do” spirit of OKC private and non-private sector leaders, together with particularly our companions on the Chickasaw Nation.”

Oklahoma Metropolis Conference and Guests Bureau President Zac Craig mentioned, “Because the world emerges from the pandemic, we count on the competitors within the conference area can be intense for a number of years. However I can say with confidence that OKC stands prepared with world class sights for each leisure journey and conference enterprise to compete with any metropolis on this area and past. The OKANA venture is a welcome and thrilling addition to OKC’s hospitality and leisure portfolio and can additional enlarge the financial vitality of our metropolis.”