Edmond, Okla. to fund water and sewer services for new art park

(UI) — The Edmond City Council has approved the final agreements for the maintenance and operation of a new art park at 2nd Street and Coltrane Road.

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The city will provide essential utilities, including water, sewer, and electric services, at no cost once the park is completed, with annual utility costs estimated between $400,000 and $500,000.

During its June 10 meeting, the council agreed to fund 70 percent of the park's maintenance and operations budget, with a maximum contribution of $899,360 in the first year. The agreement also stipulates that the city will handle major repairs to the Huntwick Detention Pond and oversee payments and expenses for the park's designated facility manager, Sculpture Park Operations, LLC.

Previously, on May 28, the council approved agreements to provide a $10 million forgivable loan for park infrastructure improvements, waive plan review and permitting fees, and fund public infrastructure work, including storm sewers, sanitary sewers, and water distribution systems. Additional commitments include $500,000 for drainage improvements at Huntwick Detention Basin and $3 million for future Coltrane Road improvements.

The city will contribute public art pieces to the park, including "Valley of the Horse," a life-sized bronze sculpture by Paul Moore. The French Family Charitable Foundation will develop the 62-acre park, featuring sculptures, playgrounds, dog parks, event lawns, restrooms, and other amenities, and will transfer ownership to the Park Conservancy Trust upon completion within 24 months.

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