50 piers are poured at Edmond's aquatic center

Construction continues at the site of the $22.5 million Edmond Recreation and Aquatic Center. Fifty of the 250 piers have been poured since the May 1 groundbreaking.
by Diana Baldwin Modified: July 10, 2012 at 9:11 pm •  Published: July 11, 2012
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— Construction has been completed on 50 of the 250 piers needed for the new $22.5 million Edmond Recreation and Aquatic Center.

City Manager Larry Stevens said the project is on schedule to be finished in the fall of 2013.

Site grading also has been finished since the May 1 groundbreaking.

“We are off and running, and we are happy about that,” Stevens said.

The competitive swimming pool and recreation center being built in J.L. Mitch Park is a partnership between the city, Edmond Public Schools and the YMCA. The competitive pool will have eight lanes, a 50-meter swimming pool and seating for up to 800 spectators.

Atlas General Contractor is constructing the building that will be owned by the city. The YMCA will operate the center, and school swim teams will use the competitive pool.

The unique partnership has the school district putting up $10 million for the construction. The YMCA is contributing $6 million, and the city is spending $6.5 million.

Edmond Electric is paying $691,000 for the geothermal cooling and heating system. An additional $535,000 will come from the city's park tax to pay for parking lot improvements.

Also, 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 people 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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