The City of Ardmore hosted a groundbreaking ceremony to kick off construction at The Clubhouse. The 9,000 square foot family entertainment center will include features like miniature golf, a zip line, a treehouse and miniature golf.
Several people associated with the project spoke briefly during the ceremony. Parks and Recreation Director Teresa Ervin said that though the project has taken a few years to get started, she’s extremely excited to see it begin.
“We started on this journey several years ago,” Ervin said. “Pretty soon you’ll be seeing the work in motion, and you’ll be able to see our vision taking shape.”
Kim Davis, president of Davis and Davis Recreational Planning Consultants, has been involved in the design of the facility since its inception and said there will be nothing like it between Oklahoma City and Dallas.
“I think it’s a real testament to the city how this project has evolved to serve the citizens of the city,” Davis said.
Mark Lambert, president of Lambert Construction, the contractors who will build The Clubhouse, began his comments with a joke.
“As of today the project is on time and on budget,” Lambert said, prompting a chuckle from the crowd.  “I will tell you that I’m pretty envious of what you guys are doing here in Ardmore with this facility. It is without question going to be a huge boost to the quality of life for the community and the surrounding community of Ardmore.”
Mayor Sheryl Ellis spoke last.
“When we entered into this project we wanted to bring something really great to this community because they’ve asked for it for the kids — young and old — and we want our citizens to know they have that quality of life,” Ellis said. “We want a place for the kids to come and play and do in a constructive manner, so we are very excited about this project.”
The construction process is expected to take around a year.