OKLAHOMA CITY -- City leaders worked to build support for the MAPS 3 plan with a rally at Lake Overholser on Sunday.
City leaders want to use a 1-cent sales tax to make improvement to rail lines, build a new downtown park and a convention center. The $40 million plan would also expand current trails to create the nation's longest trail system.
"If MAPS 3 passes, we are going to build a trail all the way around Lake Overholser, a trail all around Draper Lake and connect all three city lakes," said Trails Advisory Committee Chairman Hal McKnight.
"It will be fun. I will probably ride about five miles," said bicyclist Henry Amis, 8.
Organizers also want to include a $60 million project to improve the Oklahoma River and its white water course.
"The river venue, we can be one of the best, if not the best urban aquatic venue in the world," said Oklahoma City University rowing coach Mike Knopp.
The MAPS 3 proposal, if passed, would begin collecting a 1-cent sales tax in April and continue for nearly 8 years.
The Fraternal Order of Police said it opposes the plan, saying that hiring more officers should be a bigger priority. The group asked the Oklahoma City Council to use some of the money from the MAPS-3 plan to promote public safety.
The council is set to vote on the measure on Dec. 8.