Construction continues on new Edmond aquatic center

Concrete blocks are going up and construction is progressing on Edmond's eight-lane, 50-meter swimming pool. The $22.5 million Edmond Recreation and Aquatic Center project in J.L. Mitch Park is 25 percent complete. Completion is expected by the end of 2013.
by Diana Baldwin Modified: October 10, 2012 at 6:23 pm •  Published: October 11, 2012

— Construction on the $22.5 million Edmond Recreation and Aquatic Center is 25 percent complete.

The competitive swimming pool and recreation center being built in J.L. Mitch Park is a partnership between the city, Edmond Public Schools and the YMCA.

Completion is anticipated by the end of 2013, said Adam Bales, project manager for Atlas General Contractors of Oklahoma City.

Walls and the flooring for the eight-lane, 50-meter swimming pool are in place. The pool is 7 feet deep on the south end and 13.6 feet on the north end, deep enough for diving equipment. Plans at this time do not call for a diving platform, Assistant City Manager Steve Commons said.

Seating for up to 800 spectators will be built in the pool area.

Gray concrete blocks are being stacked for the gymnasium and second-floor running track. The exterior will be red brick and tan stone, similar to the Multipurpose Activity Center just to the south.

A family leisure pool with lap lanes and play equipment is included in the plans, Bales said. A 20.5-foot twisting slide that is 130 feet long will run inside and outside the building.

YMCA officials originally contributed $6 million toward the project. Council members this week accepted an additional $191,563 from the YMCA for its portion of the construction cost.

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by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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