The Norman Transcript


May 13, 2014

New day for Moore

NORMAN — Producers of the new movie “The Hornet’s Nest” said they chose one of the show’s openings in Moore because of the community’s “resiliency.”

Indeed, the rash of tornadoes that have raked through the northern Cleveland County community have given residents there reason to be resilient.

They have a reason to be proud, too. Construction on the new Moore Central Park has started at 600 S. Broadway St.

Ground was broken this past week on a 50-acre facility that will include 113,000 square feet of buildings.

It will include a new recreation center, an outdoor, state-of-the-art aquatics center, amphitheater, farmers market pavilions, walking trail, playgrounds and open spaces for families.

“It is a game changer. I also would like to say that this project will be a lot more than the sum of its parts,” architect Anthony McDermid said at the groundbreaking. “This is a new day for Moore, Okla. This is the citizens of Moore, Okla., saying to the world we have taxed ourselves to change the quality of life here in Moore to change the identity of Moore forever,” McDermid said.

Moore voters taxed themselves to build the new park near the railroad tracks. Once completed, it will be a point of pride among residents who have had their share of hardships in the past.

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