Scissortail Park kicked off its grand opening with a free Kings of Leon Concert last Friday.
Though the entire 70 acre park was not available to the public, the concert venue in the upper park gave attendees a sneak preview of things to come at Oklahoma City’s newest attraction. The next day, the remaining areas were opened to continue the celebration.
The park was packed Friday night as the two opening acts took the stage. Republican Hair started with a charismatic performance of their indie-rock songs, and lead singer, Luke Dick, proudly spoke of his Oklahoma roots.
Republican Hair was followed by Broncho, an Oklahoma-based band. Both bands played solid sets, supported by the park’s quality venue and sound system.
The audience continued to grow as Kings of Leon prepared to do their set. Excitement and appreciation were common sentiments from people waiting in the crowd. The band performed many familiar hits, which charged an already excited crowd.
One attendee heard about the event in an email and loved the experience.
“And who could pass up a free concert,” she said.
The layout of the park was grand, with a landscaped hill for visitors to spread out on. Vendors were situated on each side of the concert area to provide food, refreshments and adult beverages. Artistic and architectural structures surround the park, making the venue visually appealing from any angle. Much of the park was fenced off for Friday, but the additional attractions were still visible.
In addition to concert space, the $132 million park also offers a dog park, paddle boats, a seasonal roller rink and more.
Director of Marketing and Communication Stacey Aldridge said that the park is part of a MAPS 3 project and was guided by an advisory board.
“This used to be all vacant lots and dilapidated buildings,” Aldridge said. “So it’s just creating a whole new environment for downtown.”
The concert and the park itself were a celebration of Oklahoma’s growth. From Kings of Leon to the average visitor, everyone seemed proud of where they were.