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Brady Helton, 4, fishes with his father, Shawn Helton, at E. C. Hafer Park. Edmond has more than 30 parks, a swimming pool and a splash pad for people to enjoy this summer. [PHOTO BY PAUL HELLSTERN, THE OKLAHOMAN]

Brady Helton, 4, fishes with his father, Shawn Helton, at E. C. Hafer Park. Edmond has more than 30 parks, a swimming pool and a splash pad for people to enjoy this summer. [PHOTO BY PAUL HELLSTERN, THE OKLAHOMAN]

Summer fun

Edmond offers a couple of options to stay cool this summer. The Pelican Bay Aquatic Center is open, and the city's Barnett Splash Pad is expected to open by mid-June. Pelican Bay, 1034 S Bryant Ave., features a number of water attractions and is available to rent for parties. Swimming lessons are offered in the mornings and afternoons. Regular swimming lessons are eight 35-minute sessions for $45, and private lessons also are available. Pelican Bay Aquatic Center is open through Aug. 14, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. Admission ranges from free for infants and toddlers to $7 for adults. For more information, go to The opening of the splash pad was delayed because of construction in phase 2 of the project at Kelly Avenue and Main Street. Shading, restrooms and additional parking are being added.

By the numbers

October was the most dangerous month to drive on Edmond streets last year, when there were 158 accidents. The worst time to be traveling through Edmond is from 5 to 6 p.m., Edmond police reported.

Monday and Wednesday were the days of the week when the most accidents occurred. Each day had 264 wrecks in 2015.

The most accidents occurred at Second Street and Bryant Avenue, with 38. Danforth Road and Kelly Avenue was a close second with 37. Broadway and 15th Street was third with 30.

Broadway and 33rd Street, and Boulevard and 33rd Street tied for fourth and fifth with 28 accidents.

Overall, there were 1,516 traffic accidents last year, down slightly from 2014.

Officers worked three fatality accidents, up from the previous year. There were six automobile/pedestrian collisions, up 16 percent from 2014.

Five automobile/bicycle collisions were reported in 2015, up 40 percent. There were 12 motorcycle wrecks, down 50 percent from 2014.

During the past year, there were six automobile/deer collisions, down 116 percent from 2014.

Police received 31,268 calls for service and conducted 26,005 traffic stops in 2015.

Officers made 482 arrests on felony complaints and another 1,657 arrests on misdemeanor complaints.

Police recorded 235 people booked into jail on drunken driving complaints. Another 131 people received citations for shoplifting.

They made 357 transportation for mental health reasons which totaled 12,720 miles.

Officers wrote 19,262 warnings to people for various violations throughout the city.

Endeavor games start Thursday

The University of Central Oklahoma Endeavor games start Thursday and run through Sunday. This is the 17th year of competition with hundreds of athletes from across the U.S. and the world, many of whom will travel to Brazil in September with Team USA for the Paralympic Games. The UCO Endeavor Games is the nation's largest multisport, multidisability event. The 2016 games include archery, cycling, paratriathlon, powerlifting, sitting volleyball, shooting, swimming, table tennis, track and field and wheelchair basketball. Competitions will be held at seven sites across UCO and Edmond and admission is free. For more information, go to

Downtown work

Edmond leaders are working on three projects that were recommended in the city's new master plan for the downtown area.

The Central Edmond Urban Board is investigating updating the lighting, coming up with a way to identify the downtown districts and considering additional parking in the northern part of downtown, said David Forrest, the chairman of the board.

HSEarchitects was hired to complete a feasibility study on lighting upgrades and infrastructure expansion projects for downtown. Council members agreed Dec. 14 to spend $16,000 for the 74-page study.

The downtown areas considered in the study are lighting upgrades at the underpass on Edmond Road, power upgrades at Broadway, lighting upgrades at Broadway and a lighting upgrade at the Farmers Market.

The urban board will use the 10-month study to make a recommendation for improvements to the city council. Board members have taken 15 projects from the Downtown Master Plan and decided whether the project would be completed in one to two years; two to five years or five to 10 years.

LibertyFest music

The University of Central Oklahoma invites community members, college musicians and advanced high school band members to join this year's Edmond LibertyFest Summer Band. The all-volunteer band, under the direction of Brian Lamb, performs patriotic selections, marches and popular works during the June 30 “Concert in the Park,” part of Edmond's LibertyFest celebration. For more information, go to

It's a fact

The Edmond Historical Museum & Society is housed in the former armory of the 179th Infantry, 45th Division of the Oklahoma National Guard. The native sandstone building was built in 1936 by the WPA and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.

What's happening

Route 66 Oklahoma Corvette Roundup car show, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at E.C. Hafer Park.

Edmond Touch-a-Truck, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in the UCO parking lot off 2nd Street and Baumann Avenue.

Edmond Planning Commission meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at 20 S Littler Ave.

Need answers?

Have questions about Edmond and its road construction, the hotel and conference center, traffic, capital improvements or anything else?

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Diana Baldwin

Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote the original stories about the... Read more ›