APR 2012

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Home Planning Directory Planner Resources OKLAHOMA CITY Meeting Site Showcase A Venue That They'll Remember On April 19, 1995, the skyline and heart of Oklahoma City changed significantly when the tragedy of the Oklahoma City bombing happened. Today, the Okla- homa City National Memorial and Museum is a 3.3-acre site in downtown Okla- homa City. "The Memorial teaches the lessons learned and the hope that rose from the horror of that date," said Elisa Milbourn with the Oklahoma City CVB. Consisting of two components that educate the public about terrorism and violence, The Outdoor Symbolic Memorial is located at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building and what once was Fifth Street. The Gates of Time teach the story about the tragedy, including a Field of Empty Chairs, a Reflecting Pool, the Survivor Tree, the Rescuers' Orchard, the Survivor Wall, and the fence that protected the scene of the crime. The site is symbolic and com- pelling and it is considered a must see while in Oklahoma City. ■ OKC on foot Oklahoma Cityʼs downtown and brick- town areas are not only convenient for prerestrains, but the city is great for those who want to walk—or bike— the trails. "Oklahoma City has numerous biking and walking recreation trails throughout the metropolitan area," said Elisa Mil- bourn with the Oklahoma City CVB. "Along the Oklahoma River in downtown Oklahoma City, visitors can find 13-miles of trails. Lake Hefner and Lake Over- holser in northwest Oklahoma City has recreation trails, as well as Lake Stanley Draper in southeast Oklahoma City." Included in future development plans for the city are upgrades and enhance- ments to all trails. ■ 48 ConventionSouth APRIL 2012 www.con v OKC Beautiful

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