By Joy Hampton
The Norman Transcript
NORMAN — Work on Legacy Park is under way, with the park lake proceeding despite rain delays. The brick-walled entryway is among the obvious construction going on as the park slowly takes shape at Legacy Park Drive and 24th Avenue Northwest.
“We’re making good progress, at least during the dry weather periods,” Norman Parks Director Jud Foster said. “The pond is dug. Last week, they were able to pour footings for the arbors on the west side of the pond and for the band shell on the east side of the pond. They are starting to lay the blocks for the entry walls on 24th Avenue. The footings and slab are in place for the restroom and storage building, and the walls for that building will start going up this week.”
The park will be the community focal point for the University North Park development. Money generated through the TIF is funding the $6.4 million project.
“The next thing they plan to work on is construction of the pond wall,” Foster said. “It’s going to be a natural-looking pond, but it will have a rubber liner in it.”
At the center of the pond will be computer-controlled fountains that will be lit with various colors and can be adjusted in height.
The project includes a wishbone entry drive, a promenade around the pond, arbors, stage and an amphitheater to seat from 700 to 1,000 on mostly a grassy rise. City leaders expect the park to serve as a favored community gathering place for events, with the pond and fountains as a backdrop for performances.
Eventually restaurants will have patio seating that backs up to one side of the Legacy Park pond. That’s likely to be prime real estate.
Construction of new retail is ongoing in the UNP shopping district. Crest Foods is taking shape on the southeast of the development and on the northwest side, the new location for Michael’s Crafts and Homegoods is nearing completion.
Near Embassy Suites, ground was broken for a Holiday Inn Express. Numerous other construction sites throughout the UNP are taking shape including a DSW shoe warehouse and Ashley Furniture store.