MOORE — An amphitheater for outdoor concerts, an aquatic center, a farmers market and a 52,000-square-foot recreation center will be among the attractions at Central Park, scheduled to open in Moore in the fall of 2015.
“We thought it could be a game changer for Moore, and I still believe that, and we all believe that,” said Todd Jenson, director of parks and recreation.
“You can do so many kinds of things, it’s just phenomenal, and that’s something that we’ve never had the opportunity to do before.”
Jenson said the idea for the park came about in late 2011 as part of the parks master plan, PATH 2022. He said he proposed to the city council and parks board a “regional destination kind of park in the central area of town.”
Funding for the park to the tune of $25.1 million was secured by a referendum Moore voters approved in November 2012.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held on May 9, and on June 2, city council members awarded a $19.14 million contract to Atlas General Contractors. The park will be near SE 4 and Broadway on 50 acres the city bought last year for about $1.6 million.
Jenson said it will be a first for Moore to have “all these kinds of entertainment venues in one location, where you can start out your day in one facility, and as things occur throughout the day you can go to those and not leave the property.”