UCO Invites Community to CHK|Central Boathouse Grand Opening Celebration

The University of Central Oklahoma’s CHK|Central Boathouse Community Celebration will mark the opening of the facility from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 18. The free day of activities includes an official dedication ceremony and christening at 11 a.m., tours of the boathouse, opportunities to meet the UCO women’s rowing team and head coach, live music, art demonstrations, activities for children, and food and beverage available to purchase from OKC’s popular food trucks.

April 7, 2015

Media Contact: Lindsay Thomas, Communications and Marketing Coordinator, UCO University Relations, 405-974-2121, lhouts@uco.edu

UCO INVITES COMMUNITY TO CHK|CENTRAL BOATHOUSE GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION

The University of Central Oklahoma officially establishes itself as the place “where art meets the river” on the Oklahoma River’s boathouse district with the grand opening of the CHK|Central Boathouse. The community celebration event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 18 will showcase the facility’s distinct features, including a live music venue and an art gallery. 

The free day of activities includes an official dedication ceremony and christening at 11 a.m., tours of the boathouse, opportunities to meet the UCO women’s rowing team and head coach Andy Derrick, live music beginning at noon from Academy of Contemporary Music at UCO students as well as UCO faculty and students, art demonstrations, a craft tent for children, Jonque MODE clothing and accessories booth and food and beverage available for purchase from well-known OKC food trucks Big Truck Tacos, Mutts Amazing Hot Dogs and Back Door BBQ.

Day-of discounts on the nearby RIVERSPORT activities will be available for those with a valid UCO ID.

UCO President Don Betz says the day of events will be one to remember.

“The grand opening of the CHK|Central Boathouse will be a very special day for Central and the metro community. UCO is proud and excited to be part of the growing story of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area and we look forward to celebrating the years of work and collaboration that have gone into making the dream of Central’s boathouse a reality,” Betz said.

The design of the more than 18,000-square-foot CHK|Central Boathouse, which will serve as home to Central’s women’s rowing team, is inspired by rhythm, flow and movement. It features the Martha Burger Art Gallery, the C. Hubert Gragg Shell Gallery and the MidFirst Bank Performance Hall. The boathouse also includes office space, reception areas, concessions, a green room, a conference space and indoor rowing space.

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett will be on hand for the celebration, and the city will light up SkyDance Bridge, which spans Interstate 40, in bronze and blue — a nod to Central — to commemorate the grand opening.

Event co-chairs Ed (BBA ’69) and Kathy Martin and David (BBA ’74) and Jane Thompson say the event is not one to be missed.

“As alumni we are honored to lead the celebration efforts of what will certainly be an historic moment for the university,” said David Thompson.

“We know this event needs to reflect the energy and excitement that is generated each day on UCO’s campus. What better way than to bring a piece of that culture to the Oklahoma River. ”

Sponsors for the grand opening event include Ackerman McQueen, Beasley Oil Company, Elliott + Associates Architects, Lingo Construction, Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores, MidFirst Bank and the UCO Foundation. 

The opening comes after a successful $6 million fundraising campaign that includes support from partners such as Chesapeake Energy, MidFirst Bank, Martha Burger, C. Hubert Gragg, the Dobson Family Foundation and Ted Honea.

The CHK|Central Boathouse is located at 725 S. Lincoln, next to the Devon Boathouse.

For more information, visit www.centralconnection.org/boathouse or contact Frances Mooney, event coordinator for the UCO Foundation, at 405-974-5056.

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Editor’s Note: To download art associated with this release, visit www.uco.edu/photo/CHKCentralBoathouse04.15.

Cutline: The University of Central Oklahoma’s CHK|Central Boathouse Community Celebration will mark the opening of the facility from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 18. The free day of activities includes an official dedication ceremony and christening at 11 a.m., tours of the boathouse, opportunities to meet the UCO women’s rowing team and head coach, live music, art demonstrations, activities for children, and food and beverage available to purchase from OKC’s popular food trucks.