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Ground is broken for Edmond softball complex

Frustration turned to excitement for some 1,500 Edmond adult softball players Wednesday as ground was broken on a $5.7 million softball complex in far eastern Edmond. Construction is expected to last about a year.
by Diana Baldwin Modified: September 19, 2012 at 5:15 pm •  Published: September 20, 2012

— Changes are coming for some 1,500 adult softball players who have been waiting more than 10 years for a new place to play their sport.

“There were too many delays,” said Jacky Muse, president of the Edmond Adult Softball Association. “The most frustrating thing was we had a date and then there would be a problem.

“It couldn't happen soon enough for us.”

The first shovels of dirt were turned Wednesday at groundbreaking ceremonies for the city's $5.7 million four-field softball complex and park improvements in Edmond's new community park being created at Post Road and State Highway 66.

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.

Construction is expected to start next week and last for about a year. The fall softball season generally starts in late August. Muse said they might wait a few weeks next year to start the season on the new fields.

“We're excited,” Muse said. “This is going to be another gem for the city of Edmond. Let's play ball.”

Softball players have been using the Bickham Softball Complex, at Midwest Boulevard and Danforth Road, near the city's sewage treatment plant. There isn't space to expand at that location, and much of the site is located in the flood way, prohibiting additional construction.

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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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