Rotary Club has Playtime at new softball fields
Rotary Club of Edmond board members and a city councilwoman tried out the playground equipment this week at the city’s new Edmond 66 Park.
The Rotary Club of Edmond, Rotary International and Fortaleza-Planalto, a Brazilian Rotary Club, teamed up to buy $48,000 worth of playground equipment for the children of Edmond.
Jay Buxton, Rotary Club of Edmond president, said their Brazilian partners might never see the project they helped finance. Club members are sending a signed photograph of the jungle-themed playground equipment to the Rotarians in Brazil.
“Once we got the money together, we shopped hard,” Buxton said.
The equipment was purchased from Shan and DeAnn Shepherd, who own Noah’s Park and Playground in Edmond. Their son, Stephen, designed the playground equipment.
“It is very colorful,” said Shan Shepherd, who attended the dedication.
Local Rotarians have worked on the project for 21/2 years.
“We dedicate this to the city of Edmond and the children who will play on it,” Buxton said. “This allows us to leave our mark on the city.”
Time to learn about citizen firefighting
Edmond Fire Department will host its fall citizen’s fire academy starting Sept. 4. The eight-week program will allow participants the opportunity to participate in many hands-on activities for free.
Activities include wearing firefighter bunker gear, participating in search and rescue using a thermal image camera, rappelling from a five-story training tower and destruction of a vehicle with hydraulic rescue tools.
At the end of the eight weeks, participants will have firsthand knowledge and understanding of fire, rescue and emergency medical operations.
Classes are from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Edmond Fire Department Training Center, 5300 E Covell Road.
Applicants must be at least 18 and have no criminal record. People who live or work in Edmond are encouraged to apply online at www.edmondfd.com/cfa. The application deadline is 5 p.m. Tuesday.
For more information, go to www.edmondfd.com/cfa or call 216-7305.
Huge bronze sculpture plans move forward
“Touch the Clouds,” an 18-foot-tall by 15-foot-wide piece of artwork, is expected to be moved to Edmond in late September or early October, City Manager Larry Stevens said. The 20,300-pound sculpture, by the late internationally known sculptor Dave McGary, will eventually stand west of Garland Godfrey Drive on the University of Central Oklahoma campus. “Our staff is working with a structural engineer to design the proper footings for a statue of this size to be properly placed at the selected location at UCO,” Stevens said.
Urban Forester Ryan Ochsner is developing the landscaping concept, which is being coordinated with the engineering design. Edmond officials are buying the sculpture from the Houston Livestock Rodeo Association. It is now outside the Houston Astrodome. City officials agreed to buy the sculpture for $50,000 and spend up to another $40,000 to move it to Edmond. Local art enthusiast Randel Shadid said he estimated the sculpture is worth $150,000 without being refurbished.
Oak Tree Park grows
Planning commissioners this week approved the preliminary plat for Oak Tree Business Park, west of Kelly Avenue, north of Coffee Creek Road and south of the Oak Tree Park Second Addition. Plans call for 11 lots designed to be sold individually. There will be a central drive and it will be designed as home-style offices. City council members will make a final decision on the plat during their Sept. 8 meeting. Neighbors have been promised an 80-foot buffer.
It’s a fact
Edmond recently adopted a Downtown Edmond Master Plan. Ultimately, the master plan presents strategies for the transformation of downtown into a successful, walkable destination to leverage Edmond’s unique locational advantages and position in the market. It aids in identifying attractions, entertainment, events and educational and cultural activities suited to the downtown area.
Edmond City Council meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday at 20 S Littler Ave.
The Fine Arts Institute of Edmond will hold its annual 5K to Monet on Saturday. The event includes a 5k race at 8 a.m. and a one-mile family fun run at 8:10 a.m. The races begins and ends near the life-like sculpture of Claude Monet in the front garden of the institute at 27 E Edwards. Register at www.edmondfinearts.com.
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