|Crystal Bridge Conservatory @ Myriad Gardens|
Myriad Botanical Gardens is a beautiful and unique 17-acre botanical garden and urban park located in downtown Oklahoma City. In addition to outdoor gardens, the Gardens also feature a 10,000 sq. ft. tropical plant conservatory. The Myriad Gardens Foundation is the 501c (3) private nonprofit organization that manages the Myriad Botanical Gardens. It has an annual operating budget of $4 million and a staff of about 50 full and part-time employees.
In 2009-11, the Gardens underwent a complete transformation thanks to a private and public investment of nearly $45 million which enabled the Gardens to re-envision and redesign the entire outdoor and facility spaces in order to create more open and accessible downtown space with a variety of new facilities, features and garden areas to create a world-class public garden and urban park space.
The exciting design features include: new garden areas including a native plant and lakeside gardens, lakeside gardens, shady tree groves, a children’s garden, a variety of water features (of which several are interactive for children) a restaurant, a children’s playground, dog park, open air stage and band shell for the performing arts and a seasonal ice rink.
This project is a cornerstone in a larger city-wide urban renewal effort to upgrade infrastructure and add green space and a variety of recreational, athletic and cultural and tourism-related elements (including museums, parks, gardens, sports arenas and more) that enhance the quality of life for residents and to help attract more businesses and visitors to the region. Oklahoma City has gained national attention as a model for dynamic and successful urban renewal planning. For more information, visit http://www.myriadgardens.org/