The Norman Transcript


July 30, 2013

PATH becomes reality



The new community center will be twice the size of Moore’s existing community center and have more gym space and an indoor workout facility.

An aquatic center will have a swimming pool, splash pad area, lap lanes and water park features such as slides and a lazy river. A nice play space for kids will be near the south entrance, while the amphitheater and farmers market will be near the lake toward the center of the park.

There will be multiple points of access and two parking lots on the east side of the park. Covered shelters near the lake will be great for family reunions and other gatherings, architects said.

The farmers market will be comprised of large, outdoor, covered canopies that also can serve food vendors or retail vendors during large events at the amphitheater. The open-air canopies allow room for future growth. Indeed, green space throughout the park allows for future growth in several areas including the community and aquatic centers.

The south end of the park will be preserved for future development and architects recommend using reconstructed prairie or a grass mix that only needs to be mowed a couple of times a year. City council and parks board members talked about keeping the grass mowed for sports activities and frisbee or planting some trees as a sort of tree farm for Moore’s many parks and outdoor facilities.

While the tornado caused setbacks in the time frame, McDermid said dirt work should start in spring 2014.

While the picnic shelters and some of the other features are not included in the GO bond funding, Mayor Glenn Lewis said he expects to get significant money from Housing and Urban Development to help with parks because of the tornado. Architects said extra money could certainly bring the vision to life more quickly.

On Aug. 6, the Parks Board will consider recommending the architectural plans to the council for adoption.

Joy Hampton



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