A City of Edmond committee Tuesday approved a new park for south Edmond.

The Bickham/Rudkin Community Park will be Edmond’s third major park, to be located near the 33rd and Boulevard intersection.

Approval by the city’s Capital Projects and Financing Task Force releases $482,000 for phase 1 construction of the park. Work is expected to begin in January with a four-month construction schedule.

The park is to be fully developed over seven phases estimated to cost about $4 million.

Jim Bowlin, city parks and recreation department director, recommended Tuesday accepting the $697,757 bid from Weaver Contracting.

Projects contained in the bid include a 46-car parking lot on 33rd Street, a detention pond, utilities for a future restroom facility, a playground with a sidewalk connection to the existing park’s playground and a pedestrian linkage to the dead end of Banner Street west of Meadow Lane.

The playground equipment already has been bought by the Parks and Recreation department.

Other expenses include three trail markers for $6,000, wildflower seeding for $1,400, stonework dumpster screening for $2,800, and a mow strip border for $500.

Only one bid was received for the project.

With committee approval, the project is scheduled to begin immediately.

In other business, committee members heard that tax revenues have been higher than projected and the city anticipates adding more projects to its worklist.

Sales tax revenue has exceeded initial projections giving the city more sales tax revenue, allowing the city to finance more projects, said Clay Coldiron, public works director.

Presently, the city is at the $100 million mark for projects, exceeding the original $85 million plan.

The sales tax growth is why the city can borrow $30 million in revenue bonds rather than the initial recommendation of $20 million, Coldiron said.

The task force was created after voters approved a 3/4-cent permanent sales tax in December 2000. The committee oversees the sales tax dollars generated from the tax increase.

In other action the task force:

• Approved a supplemental appropriation of $410,000 for the purchase of land needed to build a downtown “regional detention” facility, a basin used to collect water runoff. The project already had been approved by the City Council. The facility will be located on 280 acres of undeveloped land east of Fretz, north of Hurd and west of the downtown railroad tracks. The location was desirable partly because no homes would have to be bought. The possibility of building a park there was discussed.

• Discussed the status of the YMCA’s Earlywine project and constructing a new facility in Mitch Park. Kelly Kay, chief operating officer for the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City, said the new 65,000-square foot branch in south Oklahoma City will open in January.

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