Efforts to bring a family entertainment center back to life at Regional Park have taken another step forward.
The Parks and Recreation Board will take a request to the city of Ardmore commission to enter into an agreement with Davis & Davis Recreational Planning Consultants out of Irving, Texas. Parks and Recreation Director Teresa Ervin said the next step would be to conduct a market analysis and feasibility plan and then develop a concept. Ervin said it would be a year and a half to two years before the center, which is known as Dizzy’s to many, would be developed and open for business.
“These are exciting times and I am eager to do something,” she said.
The update was one of the highlights during the Regional Park Authority Board meeting Monday afternoon. Bob Bates, board treasurer, said the authority has netted $9,000 less than it did last year for a variety of reasons, which include two audits and the purchase of outdoor exercise equipment. The authority was two years behind on its audits. Bates highlighted one upcoming expense which is to stock the pond.
Erwin said there is an ongoing effort to touch-up Cardinal Park baseball field, which will continue throughout the year because of its historical significance to Ardmore.
Jana Weichbrodt, YMCA program director, said the program’s baseball games are nine days behind schedule but the Regional Park fields would be available for play Monday night. Tom Riley, YMCA director, added the 13,000 square foot expansion would move forward with a ground breaking to be scheduled by July. The YMCA has also recently expanded its hours from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Friday.
The HFV Wilson Community Center is gearing up for its summer camp and is still seeking counselors. Counselors must be at least 16 to fill out an application. Center Director Alicia Gilmartin said the camp filled up on the first day with 250 campers expected. The center has also scheduled a free tennis camp for June.