NORMAN — Construction of Legacy Park on the city's northwest side will begin in about a month, officials said.
City council members approved a construction contract Tuesday, eliminating some proposed decorative alternatives to reduce costs but keeping most of the proposed design features including a large, man-made pond with water fountains, a performance stage and two restaurant pads.
The eight-acre park in the University North Park Addition is expected to be the focal point of the retail portion of the tax increment financing district, which is east of Interstate 35 on 24th Avenue NW.
“We've gone a long way to make this the gem of the park system,” said Councilman Tom Kovach.
CGC of Edmond submitted the low bid for the project, with a base bid of $5.5 million. The council approved another $372,000 in expenditures for park enhancements, bringing the total contract amount to $5,897,600.
Enhancements include stage floor light fixtures, decorative lights at the entryway, green screen portals and arbor sections. The base contract includes walking paths, benches, areas of public art and a restroom.
Council members eliminated as too expensive a proposal that cascading waterfalls be installed on either side of the stage. The pond will feature instead a large, lighted fountain in the middle of the pond. The council also voted against paying for additional landscaping around a nearby detention pond
Parks Director Jud Foster said the park will take 12 to 18 months to build.
Mayor Cindy Rosenthal said approval of the contract was “a big step forward and a very important part of what we have promised the public” in the University North Park district.