The Edmond Sun

January 14, 2013

City’s Edmond Trails plan progresses

James Coburn
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — A public meeting and discussion between city staff and Fox Lake residents revealed more information last week about the City of Edmond’s trails program.

Jim Tapp, president and CEO of Tapp Development Corp., discussed the Fox Lake portion of Edmond Trails. Plans are for the recreational trail to go nearly a mile north behind the Walmart Supercenter at 15th Street and Interstate 35.

Tapp has been in the process of developing more than 77 acres with Sam’s Club having the primary stake in land Tapp purchased.

“In this case the developer is the city,” said Jan Ramseyer-Fees, a city planner and Community Connections program coordinator.

The City of Edmond is preparing a grant application to submit to the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department for a Recreational Trails Program Grant Application for paving of the Fox Lake Trail. The grant application will be submitted by Jan. 31.

“This project is going to cost more than $320,000. We don’t have the final number yet,” said Steve Commons, assistant city manager.

Tapp is committed to adding a wellness park to the north tract. For safety issues, Fox Lake residents Deborah Reisweber and Kim Lewis asked for lighting where the trails would meet the wellness park.

An inspired plan in the form of a connective pathway came to Tapp one day as he walked beneath a bridge that extends above I-35 and the frontage road. Tapp learned about the City of Edmond’s master plan for Edmond Trails to extend from Mitch Park to Arcadia Lake. So far only segments of the trails have been completed.

Mitch Park trails will need to link to a trail at the Covell Underpass which extends to Danforth. The city already has spent $3.7 million on the trail system since voters approved the 2000 Capital Improvement Sales Tax, according to city records.

Edmond Trails development is proposed for land directly north of the Integris property. This land is owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and is being discussed by the city for connectivity to property west of Interstate 35, City Planner Bob Schiermeyer told The Edmond Sun.

Mercy COO David Tew has also noted Mercy’s interest in Mercy I-35 — its new wellness project being constructed south of 15th Street — to connect to the Edmond Trails project. | 341-2121