Mayor talks about community progress
EDMOND — Let me share a few of the exciting things happening in my hometown.
In the 57 years I've been an Edmond resident and 20 years of elected service, I have seen the growth within our city limits expand both physically and economically. I am continually impressed by the passion our citizens possess to harness such expansion and keep Edmond “A Great Place to Grow.”
Edmond is one of those rare communities with a vision which is described in the “Tomorrow's Edmond” abstract developed by a group of citizens in 1998.
The vision statement is, “Edmond will be a diverse and innovative hometown committed to excellence through leadership, balanced growth and cooperation. These high standards will only be accomplished by citizen participation.”
As you look around Edmond, you can see this vision continuing to come to life. Partnerships between the city of Edmond and other community organizations and agencies have provided resources that help grow and nourish our community.
Edmond is nationally known for hundreds of pieces of public art, some clustered in downtown, some in our public medians, some in our parks and some located on private development. Most of these are partnered with private business and other benefactors.
I encourage you to visit the new Mitch Park YMCA, a unique three-way partnership of the city, the YMCA and Edmond Public Schools, which serves not only our community, but helps foster a strong presence in the world of swimming while bringing economic stimulus to Edmond.
Other sports venues include the expanded soccer complex on Danforth Road and the newly completed softball complex on State Highway 66 near the Arcadia Lake dam. Both of these facilities are state of the art and designed to serve Edmond residents, but are big enough to bring tournaments and visitors to town.
The new Integris Health Edmond hospital and the Mercy Edmond I-35 wellness center are along the Interstate 35 corridor along with a Sam's Club and additional retail development.
Another important community project is the voter-approved Public Safety Center. A new 70,000-square-foot administration facility in the downtown area and the south facility, where the lab and vehicle storage are located, are now operational. Both of these facilities help Edmond continue to be one of the safest cities in the United States.
Most recently, in April, voters approved by over a 70 percent margin extending two sales taxes for 10 years, one for the general fund and a half-cent for capital improvement projects.
One can see that Edmond is a community of strong commitment and vision. I invite you to visit www.edmondok.com for more information about our community.