Construction on the new Moore Recreation Center and Aquatic Facility is inching toward the halfway mark.
The parks and rec facility will be located within the new central park located along Broadway Avenue in the heart of Moore.
“We’re looking at a late 2015 opening,” said Todd Jenson, Moore’s parks and recreation director and assistant city manager. “We’re about 40 percent complete. Construction has gone very smooth.”
The city broke ground on the 51-acre park nearly one year ago at a public ceremony on May 9, 2014. Jenson said the city expects that the final price tag for the project will be between $25 to $26 million. It was funded primarily through a bond issue that voters approved in November 2012.
“So far we’re on budget, just 2 to 4 weeks behind schedule,” he said.
Observers of the construction project currently can see workers excavating the lazy river, which will be part of the water park and other projects taking shape. Also included in the park will be an amphitheater, farmers market and multipurpose pavilions, a walking trail, a playground and open spaces for families to gather.
“It’s a game changer,” Jensen said about the park. “This project, as far as quality of life goes, takes us to a totally different level.”
Jensen said it will be an exciting place with events and activities concentrated all in one place.
“It’s almost like an amusement park,” he said.
The facility will cover approximately 107,000 square feet. The recreation center will be 52,311 square feet, recreation center and aquatics support building is 7,415 square feet, and the aquatics facility is 47,229 square feet.
When the park is dedicated to the public following completion, it will be known as Dr. Curtis Berry - Central Park. The family of Dr. Berry sold the land in 2013 to the city of Moore at a significant discount, and the name was chosen in recognition that donation.