The Edmond Sun

December 27, 2013

Grand opening set for Feb. 3, 2014

Patty Miller
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — The YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City has announced the official grand opening of the new Mitch Park Y, which will take place on Feb. 3, 2014. A beautiful $22.5 million-plus, 102,000-square-foot facility will offer traditional YMCA programs for all ages.

In 2010 Edmond Board of Education members voted to enter into a $10 million interlocal cooperative agreement with the City of Edmond, which pledged $6 million, and the Greater Oklahoma City YMCA, which also pledged $6 million.

The City of Edmond, in the designated 2000 Capital Improvement Sales Tax Fund, held $6 million that was set aside to meet the citizens’ request for a second swimming facility. The city contributed the land at Mitch Park next to the multipurpose activity center and also will contribute the infrastructure such as an additional road and utilities.

The Edmond School District’s $10 million investment came in part from the October 2010 bond issue voted for by Edmond residents.  

This is the first time a YMCA, a school district and a city have joined together in a project in Oklahoma’s history, said President and CEO of the Greater Oklahoma City YMCA Mike Grady.  

The Mitch Park Y has an Olympic-size swimming pool, fitness area, an indoor elevated running track and a large separate leisure pool with a children’s slide that seems to magically exit the building through a wall, then return to the inside for an exciting ride available to YMCA members.

Decades in coming, Steve Riggs, Edmond swim coach representing all high schools, said, “We started talking about this in 1977.”

Although talk had been centered around the building of a pool for decades,  Edmond Assistant City Manager Steve Commons said it was in 2000 that the decision for the project was made.

“When EPS came on board the inclusion of a competition pool was added,” Commons said.

At 103,000 square feet, the Mitch Park Y is the largest full-service Y in the metro to date. Offering state-of-the-art workout equipment, an Olympic-sized pool, a traditional pool for swim lessons and lap swimming and an indoor track, the Mitch Park Y was built to serve the community of Edmond.

“The partnership with the City of Edmond and the Edmond Public School District has made the Mitch Park Y a reality,” said Mike Grady, president and CEO of the Greater Oklahoma City YMCA. “After 12 years of planning and what will be 18 months of construction, we are excited to finally open the doors to the public and continue to serve the community of Edmond.”

As part of the celebration, the Mitch Park Y has been hosting members of the community to view the facility prior to the grand opening.

Carla Scull, director of life enrichment at Touchmark, said the Touchmark residents already think of the new Mitch Park Y as their own personal Y. She was viewing the new Y with Touchmark residents.

Guided, hard-hat tours began in mid-November for Edmond residents interested in seeing how the new Y was coming along. More festivities are planned for the week of the grand opening with special activities for families, celebrity autograph sessions and more.

“The Mitch Park YMCA will be a great addition to our community,” said Larry Stevens, Edmond City Manager. “This state-of-the-art facility will address a significant need for an indoor recreational venue that has existed in Edmond for many years. It is a great example of a three-way partnership that ultimately became a reality when the timing was right for everyone.”

Amenities of the Mitch Park YMCA include:

• 1/8 scale indoor suspended track for running and walking, large group exercise studio for classes such as; Body Pump, Zumba, boot camp classes, medium group exercise studio for specialty classes, such as cycling, yoga and pilates X-Arcade, which will contain interactive fitness equipment for kids of all ages;

• Full-sized gymnasium for sports such as basketball, volleyball, lacrosse and indoor soccer;

• Birthday party rooms;

• Supervised child watch play area;

• Dedicated locker rooms for youth, adults and families;

• 40,000-square-foot aquatic center complete with competitive natatorium boasting a 50-meter Olympic-size pool which will serve the aquatic needs for the Edmond Public Schools. The district plans to utilize the competition pool for Edmond Public Schools high school swim training, practices, matches and meets, as well as scheduled use by special needs students and other aquatic and water safety educational purposes. There will also be locker rooms, offices and a concession area. Thias portion of the facility will provide one of the top venues in the state to view competitive swimming with fixed seating for 800 spectators and pull-out seating for 300;

• Natatorium also includes a leisure pool with dedicated lap swimming and swim lesson space, play dish with spray features, toys and slide for kids and a swim area with vortex for resistance training or play;

• Stand alone 130-foot water slide winding outside the building and back in with a splash down;

• 9,000-square-foot wellness center that overlooks the competitive natatorium. It will have cardio and strength equipment;

• Lots of social space to hang out and enjoy time together with friends.

 “We have needed a 21st century facility that will fill the future needs of the community for some time,” said Edmond’s YMCA Director Mike Roark.

Swim meets scheduled for February

Just one week after the grand opening, The Mitch Park Y will host the OSSAA regional swim meet Feb. 7-8 and the OSSAA state swim meet Feb. 21-22.

“We’ve waited such a long time to have a facility in Edmond where our athletes can compete locally,” said Edmond Schools Athletic Director, Mike Nunley. “I’m particularly excited for our students and coaches, especially with the success that they’ve achieved over the years.”

Special promotions for Mitch Park started Nov. 1 and will continue through Jan. 31, 2014. In November, new members will be entered to win a free one-year family membership and the joining fee will be waived. Those enrolling in December will be eligible to win a free one-year individual membership and half off the joining fee. In January, new members will receive $25 off their joining fee. New members will have the option of beginning their membership immediately or waiting for the opening of the Mitch Park location.

Hard-hat tours for those 18 years of age and older are available by appointment only. Those interested in early enrollment may do so at either the Edmond or Trails locations. For more information, please contact Mike Roark, Executive Director of both the Edmond and Mitch Park YMCAs at 348-9622.