The Ardmore Parks and Recreation Department is a few steps closer to starting one ongoing project and finishing another.
Construction bids for The Clubhouse, a recreation center the department has been planning to build in Regional Park, will open the first week of May. If all goes well, the splash pad at Southwest Park will open that same week along with the other parks’ pads. Parks and Recreation Director Teresa Ervin said they plan to add miniature golf, go karts, party rooms, an arcade, a diner and a zipline challenge course to the Clubhouse.
“It’s going to be great,” Ervin said. “Great for Ardmore and the surrounding area.”
The diner, which will be known as The Lunchbox Diner, will serve burgers, fries, sandwiches and snacks.
“There’s going to be dining areas inside and out,” Ervin said. “It’s going to be more substantial than a snack bar.”  
Bid speculation opens on May 4. Ervin said the department may decide against certain Clubhouse amenities depending on what the bids are.
“The cost estimate is coming in a little higher than what we wanted, so we’re looking at some additional funding resources for that,” Ervin said. “We’re moving forward and the city manager is excited about that and committed to that, and so is the commission. We’ll see when bids come in where we’re at.”
While Clubhouse plans are finally underway, construction crews will be putting the final touches on the splash pad at Southwest Park after four years of planning. The project was held up for months as city departments worked on existing water lines and added a sewer line near the park.
“It was the sewer line that was taking forever,” Ervin said. “We went through many, many plans.”
 The water line is done and construction on a sewer line has been approved. Construction crews will also be adding a concrete seating wall to the outside of the pad.
“At our splash pads, they all have a little seating wall around them, it helps to keep the water contained so it’s not such a muddy mess, as well as a nice place for parents to sit and watch,” Ervin said.
Ervin said the wall will be placed to stop kids from running directly from the splash pad to the paved sidewalks.
She said she plans to set her sights on adding signs, walking trails and additional equipment to that park once the splash pad is complete.