The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Local and State News

February 13, 2013

Steve Kime interview with Joan Riley


ENID, Okla. —

Question 9: We have Crosslin Park, Kellet Softball Fields and the Enid Soccer complex. What happens to these facilities?

Answer: The plan addresses each of them with improvements or refurbishment that may include upgrades to existing fields, lighting, parking and building upgrades. The soccer complex is limited as it is a detention area for the COE and many things cannot be done to it that would compromise the flow of stormwater. But it does address the existing buildings and access ramps over the levees.

Question 10: What can you tell us about the creation of a “central park” in downtown Enid?

Answer: This is a green space lined with trees, and it will have a natural slope down toward the Convention Hall and Event Center. It will have a perimeter walkway and be very eye-catching opening leading up to the downtown area. The natural slope of the land will lead to an amphitheater that can be used for open air venues and community gatherings or simply a great place to eat lunch and enjoy the scenery.

Question 11: The proposal contains a new community park on the eastside of the community. What can you tell us about this new “community park?”

Answer: The majority of the park is to replace existing parks of South Government Springs and Champlin Pool. It covers more than 200 acres and will be designed to fill it up – however, all that will be built at first are where our current needs are. Such as there is room for nine softball fields, but we plan to start with only five, the same for soccer and football. A perimeter trail around the park would equate to just more than two miles of localized trail. Aquatic center replaces Champlin Pool and adds features that are very popular with young families such as zero-level entry and splash areas as well as lap swim capabilities. There is a much improved and Skate Park planned, along with basketball courts and a Community Center. An office for Park and Recreation would be placed in this park to allow citizens access to park activities and information.

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