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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

/articleid/3717639/1/pictures/1854415">Photo - Construction crews work on the $22.5 million Edmond Recreation and Aquatic Center that is 25 percent complete. The competitive swimming pool is being built in J.L. Mitch Park. PHOTOS BY STEVE GOOCH, THE OKLAHOMAN
Construction crews work on the $22.5 million Edmond Recreation and Aquatic Center that is 25 percent complete. The competitive swimming pool is being built in J.L. Mitch Park. PHOTOS BY STEVE GOOCH, THE OKLAHOMAN

Tile for the leisure pool and deck area contributed to the additional cost for the YMCA, Commons said.

Parking will be on multiple sides of the building. A total of $535,000 will come from the city's park tax to pay for parking lot improvements.

Edmond Electric is paying $691,000 for the geothermal cooling and heating system. Drilling of the 300 geothermal wells is nearly complete.

A geothermal system is a central heating and cooling system that pumps to or from the ground. Its design takes advantage of the moderate temperatures in the ground to boost efficiency and reduce the operational costs of heating and cooling systems.

Work on the project started May 21.

The school district is putting up $10 million for the construction. The city is spending $6.5 million out of the capital improvement sales tax money passed by voters in 2000. The three groups spent $983,018 on the design work.

YMCA officials expect to hire 15 to 20 full-time employees and an additional 100 part-time workers to operate the center.

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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