After years of discussion and months of recent delays, construction will soon begin on The Clubhouse, the family entertainment center that will occupy the former location of Dizzy’s near Ardmore Regional Park.
During a Monday evening meeting, the mayor and board of commissioners approved a bid from Lambert Construction Company out of Stillwater for $8,255,500. This amount will cover the expense for the base bid and all of the alternate options discussed for the facility. Once complete, The Clubhouse will contain a miniature golf course, a go-kart track, water wars, a treehouse, a zip line and a challenge course.
The bid also includes the infrastructure for an ice rink, which will likely be installed a later date.
Ardmore Parks and Recreation Director Teresa Ervin spoke to the commissioners before the vote.
“We’ve been working for a long time, and I think we have a great plan,” Ervin said. “I think it’s going to be a great asset to the City of Ardmore, its citizens and the guests that come into our community.”
Ervin also said that funding for the facility will come from multiple sources.
“We have a commitment from two local foundations in the amount of $750,000,” Ervin said. “Another $6,400,000 will come from the TIF number 2 fund. The remaining source is the contingency funds available in the Community Enhancement Fund.”
Representatives from Lambert Construction were present for the meeting, and Ervin said that they are anxious to get started on the project. After the bid is awarded by the city purchasing coordinator, and Lambert Construction turns in their insurance and bonding information, things will get under way.
“I think it should move pretty quickly within the next thirty days,” Ervin said. “So, hopefully, in April sometime we’ll see them digging some dirt.”