Oklahoma County is on track to complete the half-mile county section line road leading into Carl Reherman Park in a month or so, depending on the weather, said Craig Dishman, director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Edmond.
The county entered into its $265,000 contract with the City of Edmond in August. Carl Reherman Park will be on 33rd Street just east of Air Depot Road at Arcadia Lake.
Architect David Hornbeek and Cardinal Engineering met with Dishman on Thursday to discuss contracting the rest of the road down to the waterfront.
“We’re going to start on that this year to get through the bid process — that might take several months,” Dishman told members of the Fish and Game Commission this week. “We hope to start on the (park), but that doesn’t mean we’ll be done this year. But that will include the ramps and the parking lots.”
The city plans to apply for some Oklahoma Department of Wildlife reimbursements, he said.
“We want to be able to hopefully next year have access to the lake where people can launch their boat,” Dishman said.
Carl Reherman Park is the first new park at Arcadia Lake since the lake opened with Central State Park, Edmond Park, Scissortail Campground and Spring Creek Park. When completed the park will include picnic areas, a pavilion, rest rooms, a boat ramp and a fishing dock, Dishman said.
The development will take place in multiple phases during a three-year period. Dishman said the park will open with limited seasonal hours, he said.
“We envision this park being really a seasonal park on weekends,” Dishman said.
Arcadia Lake was a major accomplishment for the city during Reherman’s administration. Reherman served five terms as mayor from 1979-89 and was key to the city’s partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to create Arcadia Lake.
“We’re not going to have a pavilion, picnic spots, any of that stuff next year,” Dishman said. “That will come in 2016-17.”
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