Visible changes are starting to take shape at the new site of the Family Entertainment Center in Regional Park.
Parks and Recreation director Teresa Ervin said she has had a few employees working a little here and there to clear the area of the old Dizzy’s golf course when there’s time.
“We’re doing what we can, when we can,” Ervin said. “It’s not a priority, necessarily, but every little bit helps so we started the work.”
The 9,000-square-foot facility will be located in the southwest area of Regional Park, 2704 N Rockford Road. A rendering for the facility shows the main building will house a game or arcade area, kitchen and dining area, kids play area, meeting or party rooms and ticket redemption area. The outdoor activities, miniature golf, a family go-kart track, a challenge course and double water wars are all part of the initial plans.  
Surveyors were out in the cold and snow last week to conduct a geotechnical survey that will help make sure every part of the project is placed on the right soil. The survey is not quite complete yet, but should be finished soon, she said.
The department is also waiting to hear back from Explorer Pipeline since the company owns a pipeline that runs through the property, as does Valero. Ervin said they’ve submitted different plans to go around the pipeline and they feel   there’s a compromise in the works.
While the goal was to get the project out to bid this month, Ervin said she doesn’t think that will be possible anymore, but they are hoping to make it by early February.
The next big step will be naming the facility, which could be one of the hardest parts, Ervin said.
“We’re looking for something fun and exciting that will reach out and grab you and want you to come to Ardmore,” she said. “I haven’t seen one yet that just says, this is it.”
The anticipated opening, as of now, is late summer or early fall this year.