The Edmond Sun

Local News

June 18, 2014

Delays continue on softball complex

EDMOND — An unexpected delay is in store for opening of the Edmond Softball Complex at Edmond 66 Park this summer, said Steve Commons, assistant city manager.

Edmond Softball Complex at Edmond 66 Park is under construction a quarter mile east of Post Road off State Highway 66.

“We’ve got the lights. There are contractors out there getting the lights in,” Commons said. “We had a water well that collapsed and we have to get another contract.”

Now the state has ordered the city to move the water well to a different location, Commons said. Moving the water well requires a new permit.

“The person we asked to do the permit broke his leg and has not filed all the paper work we thought he had filed,” Commons said.

The city had hoped to host a large softball tournament at the park July 20. The lights will be ready but the water well is restraining progress, Commons said.

“We’re just not sure if we can get the permit,” Commons said. “When we filed the permit, they said it’s 1-2 months for basically just checking some boxes. We’re working on that, too.”

Construction began in September 2012 with an anticipated opening set in the late summer of 2013, Commons said at the 2012 groundbreaking. Jacob Engineering was given a construction time of 270 days.

The city purchased the park property in 2007 for $1.5 million with money from the city’s 3/4-cent permanent sales tax approved by voters in December 2000 for capital improvements. The total project cost is estimated to be about $5.5 million to $6 million to fund four softball fields.

This money does not include covering the playground or the pole lights. The parks’ sales tax budget has $100,000 to apply to the playground turf.

The spring season for the Edmond Adult Softball Association is already underway. The Edmond Adult Softball Association has more than 130 adult softball teams involving 1,500 players.

jcoburn@edmondsun.com | 341-2121

 

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