OKC Civic Life for Monday, July 27, 2020

OKC Civic Life for Monday, July 27, 2020

Northeast senior center advances

Architects expect the MAPS 3 senior health and wellness center at NE 36 and Lincoln Boulevard, adjacent to a planned Homeland grocery store, will be completed and ready to open in July 2022. Construction is expected to begin in March, at an estimated cost of $11.7 million. The 40,000-square-foot center will have a pool, gymnasium, walking track, workout rooms, clinic, meeting room, and kitchen for preparing and serving daily meals. Langston University and the YMCA are the city’s operating partners on the project. The northeast center is the third of four senior health and wellness centers being built by MAPS 3.

Quote of the week

“Our parents loved Oklahoma City.”

— Thane Swisher, in a letter to Parks and Recreation Director Doug Kupper, is asking that a new park near SW 15 and Council Road be named for Wanda and Bill Swisher. The city is acquiring about 109 acres for the new park, adjacent to park land on the North Canadian River that was acquired many years ago as part of the “String of Pearls.” While that idea never came to fruition, it led to development of the Oklahoma River in MAPS. Bill Swisher founded CMI Corp. and donated 30 acres on the river for the “String of Pearls” in 1983. The Swishers were active in civic and community life, including with the YWCA and Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. Kupper said plans for developing the new park are undecided although, “We do plan to extend the river multi-use trail into this land if at all possible, to give people along SW 15 and points west access. Might be a candidate for another sports complex in the future as well. Only limited at this time by our imaginations.”

Aquatics hours set

Earlywine and Will Rogers family aquatic centers are open on a rotating schedule, as the Parks Department balances demand and staff availability, particularly for lifeguards. Earlywine opens at noon on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, through Aug. 8. Will Rogers opens at noon on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays, through Aug. 9. The parks rotate weekend hours only beginning the weekend of Aug. 15-16. Learn more: okc.gov/aquatics.

Of note: Aquatics parks’ opening this summer was delayed due to pandemic- and budget-related issues.

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