Archive for April, 2013
Right now, softball players in Edmond use the Bickham Softball Complex in order to play their favorite sport. But, due to several issues, including a lack of space to expand the facility, players are looking toward newer options.
A new and better facility is underway, and a four-field softball complex is currently under construction along State Highway 66 and the northeast corner of Post Road. Construction began in September along with park improvements in the new community park.
The new softball complex will be named Edmond 66 Park and will feature four fields. The complex was actually originally planned to have eight fields, and city officials are still hoping to expand the location to its original plan if the budget allows. Existing funds for the complex have been derived from the special 3/4-cent sales tax approved by Edmond voters in 2000.
The project is expected to completed by late summer or early fall this year. A Route 66 theme will be incorporated in the concessions and restroom areas, while a unique design is set for the roof canopy with an image of a ballplayer ready to swing on the support columns.
Many communities these days are leaning toward charter schools, leaving old school buildings empty and outdated. With the reduction in the number of enrollees and more demand for charter schools, a surplus of old school buildings has begun to grow. In Oklahoma City alone, there are nine.
Though these old buildings are empty and sometimes outdated, communities still want to preserve them. Many of the old buildings are considered assets in their communities because potential buyers or future developers could use the structures for new purposes. The Oklahoma City School Board has stated that the proper disclosure of any buyer’s plans must be provided before a sales contract would be approved.
The School Board decided to open up one of its surplus schools for offers if there were buyers who were interested in the property. The Gateway Academy, located at 721 W Britton Road, has been out of operation since the 90’s. It was leased for a few years to a youth development program called Eagle Ridge Institute, but has remained empty other than that. Since the property has been opened for sale, it has already received four offers this year.
According to the OKC School Board, JAB Consulting placed a bid for the school to be turned into a center for tutoring, professional development, and testing. Other bids were placed with the intention of turning it into a non-profit community center, a vocational training center, and a retail site.