NORMAN — City council members are close to awarding a contract for construction of Legacy Park but are still debating which amenities to fund.
The large, public park in the University North Park Addition is expected to be the focal point of the retail portion of the district, which is east of Interstate 35 on 24th Avenue NW, between Robinson Street and Tecumseh Road.
Much of the park's design is a given. It will be built on about eight acres and feature a one-acre, man-made pond with fountains, decorative lighting and an amphitheater. A decorative railing and walkway will encircle the pond. Two pads at points on the pond will be reserved for restaurants.
The park also will feature walking paths that connect to Legacy Trail, landscaping, public art, restrooms and parking.
CGC of Edmond has submitted the low bid for the project, with a base bid of $5.5 million, and a bid of $7,020,900 that includes a list of optional amenities.
Among the options proposed are cascading water features on the pond's south end, additional sidewalks and lighting along the walking trails, benches, green pedestrian portals, a stage railing, stage floor light fixtures and landscaping that includes a hiking trail around a nearby detention pond.
Parks Director Jud Foster said about $8 million is available for the park's construction, with an additional $1.5 million to be set aside for public art pieces.
Council members discussed which optional amenities they wanted at a conference on Tuesday. They were divided mainly on whether to fund landscaping and a paved hiking path around the detention pond.