An ongoing Parks and Recreation project will cost slightly more than projected.
The lowest construction bids for The Clubhouse, a family entertainment center planned for Ardmore Regional Park, came in at $8.1 million. Ardmore Parks and Recreation Director Teresa Ervin said the bid is higher than anticipated, but not a huge surprise, as the department’s initial estimate was around $5 million, with a probably cost of $7.4 million.
 “We are, right now, trying to secure additional funds… before we can take that to commission,” Ervin said. “But also, the city is committed to the start-up and operating costs as well, which is over $300,000.”
The bids must go to commission within 60 days. Once built, the center would sit at the site of a long-defunct miniature golf course at Ardmore Regional Park.
“We just don’t know exactly what part we’re going to be taking yet,” Ervin said. “It won’t be from just one entity, it will be from several, probably.”
Ervin said the clubhouse’s amenities may change depending on funding, but the plan for now is to include treehouse party rooms outside the main building, a rope challenge course, an area set up for water balloon wars and a zipline, along with the base and electrical wiring needed for a seasonal ice skating rink.
“That’s what is selected right now, but that may change,” Ervin said. “We’ve been wanting to do (a skating rink) for years, and we’ve been getting requests for years.”
Ervin said even though the rink would only be a seasonal attraction, it’s more cost effective to lay the groundwork now, instead of trying to dig up part of the completed clubhouse grounds after the main construction is completed and adding it later.
“It still has the components the committee picked,” Ervin said. “We’ve never strayed from that, but the big picture has changed a couple of times.”
Ervin said the clubhouse will also house a play area for younger children, and her long-term goal is to introduce early childhood and teen programming to the clubhouse once it’s complete.
“I get excited about this part,” Ervin said. “It’s a neat component that you don’t see at family entertainment centers.”
Ervin said future additions might include bike and kayak rentals.
“Those are things that are pretty easily implemented,” Ervin said. “Once we start construction and get it built, those things could come pretty quickly.”