NORMAN — Street improvements now being made at Legacy Park Drive and 24th Avenue NW are the first steps in getting Legacy Park built, city officials say.
The large public park is expected to be the focal point of the University North Park Addition, a tax increment financing district east of Interstate 35 on 24th Avenue NW, between Robinson Street and Tecumseh Road.
The proposed seven-acre park will feature a small, man-made lake, amphitheater, public art, walks and an area where restaurants could be built around the lake.
City council members approved a financial agreement in May that authorizes nearly $8 million in financing. Revenue to pay the debt comes from a portion of the sales tax collected in the district and a portion of the district's annual property tax.
Construction crews are making $700,000 worth of street improvements where the entrance to the park will be.
The improvements include traffic signals, turning lanes, stamped and colored concrete pavement, sidewalks, ramps and decorative street poles. Work should be done by January. Construction of the park will begin after that.