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July 14, 2014

Design phase for new Ada sports complex taking shape

Ada —

   Step by step, Ada is moving closer to starting construction on a sports complex at Egypt Road and U.S. Highway 377.

   The Ada City Council has approved the first phase of the $4 million complex, and the Oklahoma City-based firm JHBR Architects is designing the facility. When the design is finished, the city will seek construction bids and hire a company to build the complex.

   If everything goes according to plan, construction will begin in February 2015 and finish about nine months later.

   City officials are satisfied with the project’s progress so far, parks director Randy McFarlin said Thursday.

   “I think we’re in a good spot,” he said.

 

‘Penny’ projects

   Nearly four years ago, Ada voters approved a proposal to extend the city’s one-cent sales tax for five years. Proceeds from the “Penny for Our City” tax are earmarked for a series of capital improvement projects, including the sports complex.

   The other projects are a new fire station, a police/911 station, a water system study, a program to beautify the downtown district and upgrades to city buildings.

   Plans for the sports complex began with an online survey, which asked Ada residents for their opinion of the city’s sports programs. The consulting firm GreenPlay, which conducted the survey, used the results to develop a concept for the complex.

   The survey showed that participants wanted a high-caliber, family-friendly complex that included clean, well-maintained restrooms, McFarlin said. He said participants also recommended putting in other attractions, such as picnic areas or trails, so families would have something to do besides attending ball games.

   “The recurring theme was that we want it nice,” he said. “Not extravagant, but nice.”

   McFarlin said GreenPlay told city officials that people would not be satisfied if the complex was not as nice as similar facilities in other cities.

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