About 100 hundred tons of sand has been trucked in to give downtown Oklahoma City that feel of being at the beach (NewsOK)

Editor's note: while not technically within the innovation district study area, this nearby installation is a good example of a placemaking exercise so we thought it would be of interest.

Beach lounging will take on a downtown feel now that the Bricktown Beach is in place next to the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

About 100 tons of sand was trucked in to give the appropriate beach effect. The beach will be free and open to the public from mid-June to the end of July.

During weekdays, visitors can kick off their shoes, eat their lunch and enjoy the sun, organizers said.

"It's going to be an area just for people to come and hang out," said Mallory O'Neill, Bricktown district manager for Downtown Oklahoma City. "We will have programs, but at the same time, it's also just for people to have their lunch at the beach or hang out on the weekend. There's not always going to be activities going on; it's also going to be just a spot to chill."

Organizers got the idea after visiting a similar attraction in Detroit, she said.

“It was people in suits, sitting in chairs having their lunch at the beach. It was awesome,” O'Neill said.

Read the rest of the story and see some photos of the installation at newsok.com.

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