EDMOND — Construction at the city's new $5.7 million four-field softball complex is expected to be complete by late summer or early fall.
Work started in September on the softball project and park improvements in Edmond's new community park on the northeast corner of Post Road and State Highway 66, which has been named Edmond 66 Park.
The complex entrance will be four miles east of Interstate 35 on Second Street.
The concessions and restrooms will have a Route 66 theme, similar to that of Pop's Restaurant, which is about a half-mile farther east.
Original plans were to build eight new fields, but there is only enough money to construct four fields at this time. City leaders hope the complex can be expanded when money is available.
Contractors have completed most of the concrete block work on the concession building, Assistant City Manager Steve Commons told members of the Capital Projects and Financing Task Force.
“The distinctive design of the roof canopy on the project is installed and the support columns for the roof have an image of a ballplayer ready to swing a bat in the steelwork on the columns,” Commons said.
Concrete has been poured on two of the four bleacher areas, he said.
City officials expect the field lighting package will go out for bids shortly. Funding for the lighting will come out of the park tax fund.
Adult softball players, about 1,500 strong, have been waiting for more than 11 years for a new place to play their sport. Money for the project was approved by Edmond voters in 2000 with a special 3/4-cent sales tax.
Softball players have been using the Bickham Softball Complex, on Midwest Boulevard between Danforth and Covell roads, near the city's sewage treatment plant.
The city has made minor upgrades at the old fields at Bickham Softball Complex through the years. Maintenance for the complex is done by the softball association, which leases the facilities.
There isn't space to expand at that location, and much of the site is located in the flood way, prohibiting additional construction.
Edmond officials purchased 118 acres of land on the far eastern city limits for $1.5 million in 2007.