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Edmond Exchange

Edmond Exchange, a weekly wrap-up of what is going on in Edmond.
by Diana Baldwin Published: August 21, 2014

Edmond Exchange

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 The application deadline is 5 p.m. Tuesday.

For more information, go to 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.

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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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