The city of Ardmore was hopeful of having a splash pad in place at Southwest Park by the end of spring. But issues connecting a sewer line to the park have forced the Public Works Department to set a new target date of spring 2015.
Public Utilities Director Shawn Geurin said a water line was extended to the park, but a sewer line has presented a different set of obstacles, which need to be worked out.
“We are trying to work out a plan to get the sewer line to the main,” he said. “Originally, they came to us and said we needed to connect to water. We ran a line up Charleston down Plainview Road. But the sewer line is on the other side of Southern Hills.”
Rather than run the line through Southern Hills, the city is considering running a gravity line from a lift station located near the park.
The city had a plan in place to run the sewer line, but land issues have proven to be an insurmountable obstacle necessitating the need for a Plan B.
A sewer line will be necessary not only for the splash pad, but for the installation of restrooms in the future. Geurin said the department is trying to get the line placed as soon as the plans are in place to move forward in a new direction. In the meantime, residents who visit Southwest Park will be asked to remain patient for the installation of a new splash pad.
“There is now a new timetable to have the sewer line in place in spring 2015,” Geurin said.