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July 30, 2013

PATH becomes reality

MOORE — The Moore City Council and the Moore Parks Board met Monday night in a special joint session to review architectural plans for a major destination park. The new park will be a mile in length starting at Southeast 4th Street on the north and running south with Broadway Avenue as the west border.

“We think we’ve really hit a home run with this, not only with what it will do, but with what it can do in the future,” Moore Parks Director Todd Jenson said.

The proposal includes an amphitheater that will seat 2,000 people, covered pavilions for the farmers market, a new community center, an aquatics center, a play space, a large lake and two miles of walking trails.

A voter referendum provides funding for those key items as well as for two parking lots, but the overall vision for the park is generational in scope with space for future development, according to Jenson and representatives of Tap Architecture, RDG Planning & Design, and Cardinal Engineering of Moore.

The dream for this park, which City Manager Steve Eddy has called a “game changer,” was born out of a bigger vision known by the acronym PATH.

Moore Comprehensive Parks and Recreation Master Plan — PATH 2022— documents a vision for Moore’s future that includes parks, aquatics, trails and health.

This plan is based on input from nearly 1,000 Moore residents. PATH was developed in 2011 and adopted by the Moore City Council on Feb. 6, 2012.

In November, voters approved two measures to provide parks funding: authorization for $25.1 million in general obligation bonds to fund a major destination park and a quarter-cent sales tax to run from April 1 through March 30, 2017, to pay for improvements to existing parks.

The open field proposed for the “major destination park” is a site that represents Moore history well, said Anthony McDermid, project leader, of Tap.

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