When Fuqua Pool opened in May, Douglass Pool remained closed.
But that shouldn’t have been a surprise as City Manager Jim Frieda said in a council meeting in June 2011 that it would not reopen this year.
Dana Schoening, Duncan Community Development director also reconfirmed that this week.
“It won’t be opening,”
In need of repairs and low usage by the public were factors weighed when city officials chose to cease operations at Douglass Park pool.
It was estimated at that time, the repairs could run upward of $8,000. Issues included cracks in the pool and a lack of handicap accessibility. Also, daily use was from 4 to 18 people.
Schoening said some of the children who have used Douglass Pool in the past are now using Fuqua Pool or the Hillcrest Park splash park this summer.
The splash park has been a popular addition in the past few years.
“We haven’t gotten any calls about the closing,” Schoening said.
There are plans in place to add a splash park in the existing location, which would give residents in that area of town a recreational water feature to enjoy.
But that water feature won’t be expected this summer.
In fact, in 2011, the initial plans put in place by the city meant building a larger spray/splash park just north of Fuqua Pool.
At that time, Schoening said $250,000 was budgeted for that particular project, and a grant was written for the same amount.
After that project was completed, city officials planned to focus on Douglass Park’s splash park project.
Schoening said this week that efforts are being put forth to get funding for the splash park projects.
The City of Duncan applied for a grant through the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department.
“Right now, the Tourism Department hasn’t made its decisions yet,” Schoening said.
He said the department will go through a selection process to see which community projects it may want to help fund.
If the city does receive grant money from the Land and Water Conservation Fund for outdoor recreation, the city will have to put up some money for the project. The grant is a matching grant.
Schoening said the fund would help save the city money that can be put toward various budgeted items.
“I hope the department sees it our way,” Schoening said.
He said the city probably wouldn’t find out about the grant until after Aug. 1. But he’s positive about the situation.
Schoening said the Douglass Pool area has everything needed to add the new water feature. He hopes the addition of the splash park will help ignite more interest in the area.
“I think it’s an excellent location,” he said.
When Fuqua Pool opened in May, Douglass Pool remained closed.
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Commissioners discuss temporary fix to courthouse air conditioning issues
The Board of Stephens County Commissioners held an emergency meeting Thursday to find a temporary solution for cooling off the courthouse, until a new system can be installed. Commissioners approved a temporary solution from Allied Services in Ardmore and will rent an air conditioning unit for $10,000 for the first month and $7,000 for the second month. The commissioners estimate it will take about two months for any company to get a new Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning system in stock.
DPS administrators discuss inclement weather procedures
On Thursday, Duncan school administrators participated in a district-wide de-briefing to discuss how Monday’s reaction to a tornado threat went at each school. Superintendent Sherry Labyer said the response was overwhelmingly positive.
Labyer said the school district will look to improve its procedures.
Substitute teacher saves special education students from tornado
When the F-5 tornado did its damage at Plaza Towers Elementary in Moore on Monday, and after the silence had passed, one little boy looked at his teacher and asked where his backpack was.
“I don’t know, but we’ll look for it later,” Joy Hendrix said to him.
A celebration of faith and unity
There was a sense of celebration and appreciation throughout the J.M Carey Fieldhouse Thursday night in Velma.With the graduation ceremony commencing for the Velma-Alma High School Class of 2013, came an assortment of emotions, all telling a story.In total 31 students walked the stage to receive their diplomas on the evening.
Velma native runs only to discover home annihilated
Stuck in traffic trying to get to his home, Roger Graham decided he might as well park the car and run. A Moore resident, the accountant, dressed in casual business attire, didn’t think twice about the distance.
“It was two miles,” he said. “I just took off.” His wife, Kalissa, a school teacher, was right behind him.
Duncan students to remain in school Tuesday, Wednesday
When Duncan seniors cross the stage tonight, they won’t necessarily be done with high school.Duncan students will go to school Tuesday and Wednesday, following a three-day weekend for Memorial Day. DHS Assistant Principal Merry Stone said those two days are regular school days for students.
Moore Tornado Showcases Advancements in Warnings
Despite the utter devastation left in the wake of the massive tornado that tore through Moore, Okla. on Monday, the deadly storm, in many ways, helped showcase how far scientists have come in providing communities early tornado warning signs.
ODOT efforts hampered by general public traffic
Oklahoma Department of Transportation is requesting that motorists avoid I-35 through Moore, S. 19th Street because the ramp is closed and emergency and clean-up crews are hampering their efforts.
National EMS Week shines spotlight on rescue workers
The Air Evac helicopter was sitting on the helipad at Duncan Regional Hospital Wednesday, but not for emergency reasons.
National EMS Week, May 19-25, is about connecting with the community and the Air Evac Lifeteam was doing just that.
“Every base we have is doing something like this during the week,” said Heather Taylor, Air Evac program director. “We want to show appreciation to our community.”
Restaurant rumors remain on the hot plate
From IHOP and HomeTown Buffet to Chili’s and Olive Garden, restaurant whisperings have been running rampant in the community since the arrival of Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar.
Although there are a few open spaces such as the old Golden Corral location and the soon-to-close Honda site, none of these rumors can be confirmed at this point according to Chris Deal, Duncan Chamber of Commerce president. No information on any of the businesses’ websites points to them opening a new location in the area.
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