Southwest Oklahoma City is a part of the excellent Oklahoma City Public Schools. Although the district is home to over 100 different schools as well as private and charter schools, the students of Southwest Oklahoma City attend schools in the Region Four Sector. In addition, a number of higher educational institutions prosper in Oklahoma City as well. These include Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma Christian University, and the University of Oklahoma.
Residents of Southwest Oklahoma City are fortunate enough to be moments away from Bricktown, the most historic section of downtown. Bricktown is home to numerous attractions, including the AT&T Ballpark (home of the OKC Redhawks), the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, The Bricktown Mosaic Murals, the Downtown Library, the Civic Center, the Ford Center, and numerous restaurants, shops and nightlife. In addition, a number of events are held in Bricktown throughout the year. Previous events have included Canal Parties, walks along the Canal Trail and live musical acts that perform in the many clubs and restaurants throughout Bricktown.
Oklahoma City Zoo is an enticing adventure for residents and locals alike. This award-winning zoo is home to numerous exotic animals as well as dozens of gorgeous plants in its botanical garden. One of the most popular exhibits is the Zoo's seasonal butterfly garden, which encloses over 20,000 square feet of some of the Earth's most beautiful creatures.
For those looking to engage in some retail therapy, Crossroads Mall is a truly spectacular shopping adventure. This mall is home to over 140 stores and a number of excellent restaurants. Community and charity events are also held at the mall, with one of the most recent being a Walk-a-Thon for Haiti.
Parks and Recreation
Golfers everywhere will appreciate the fact that Southwest Oklahoma City is in proximity to five different courses with each one designed to accommodate players of all skill levels. Earlywine Golf Club is home to two golf courses, each with their own unique qualities filled with water hazards, changed elevations, rolling hills and stunning scenery. Lake Hefner Golf Club, designed by Randy Heckenkemper, also features two challenging golf courses. The North Course is slightly longer with more water hazards, whereas the South Course is shorter with more bunkered fairways. Lincoln Park is home to two impressively challenging golf courses that are designed to test any player's skill. Trosper Golf Club is ranked as one of the most popular courses among Oklahoma City golfers. This heavily wooded course is filled with water hazards as well as multiple bunkered greens. And finally, the James E. Stewart Golf Course, located right in the heart of Oklahoma City, is a course that provides a long tradition of great golf. This historic course has been around for nine generations.
The Myriad Botanical Gardens are truly one of the most breathtaking spots in all of Oklahoma City. A popular spot for weddings, the gardens feature an exotic collection of over 1,000 different species of plants. In addition to the stunning gardens, a number of programs are designed to teach children about conservation and ecology. A complete gardening school is offered to patrons who would like to learn how they can earn their green thumb.
Oklahoma City's three urban reservoirs provide the city with ample supplies of drinking water as well as many water recreational activities. Some of the most popular include fishing, boating, waterskiing, jet skiing and swimming. In addition to the many lakes, residents of Oklahoma City enjoy the city's many parks. One of the top ones includes Route 66 Park, located on the west side of the lakes. The park holds the largest playground in the city, a mini amphitheatre, a plaza, and an observation tower that overlooks the entire city.