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.