It’s a great time to live in Moore! The long-awaited, eagerly anticipated Central Park–featuring state-of-the-art recreation and aquatics centers as well as a host of other amenities for young and old–held its public grand opening ceremonies on April 16. (At press time, work was still ongoing at the Aquatics Center.)
Ground was broken for the 51-acre park, located in the heart of Moore on the corner of Fourth and Broadway, near the railroad tracks, during a public ceremony May 9, 2014. Designs for the recreational and aquatics centers were unveiled on Dec. 11, 2013.
“We are excited to open The Station at Central Park. We think it is a game-changing quality-of-life facility for our community. No matter the age, there is something for everyone at Central Park,” said Todd Jenson, assistant city manager.
In addition to the approximately 53,00-square-foot recreation center and 45,000-square-foot aquatic center, Central Park boasts a large amphitheater, a 21.7-mile-long multipurpose lighted trail, a handicap-accessible playground and even a multipurpose pavilion/farmers’ market.
Day, 15-visit, season and annual passes are available for the rec and aquatics centers. Discounts are offered for Moore residents, active-duty military and seniors.
Another exciting feature of the park is Food Truck Fridays, aka Lunch at Central Park. Every Friday through September, park visitors, including employees at nearby businesses, are invited to purchase Mexican fare, barbecue, and hot dogs and hamburgers.
Moore has not had a pool for several years–since the demolition of the facility at the Fifth Street Park in 2011.
Families as well as individuals of all ages will enjoy the Aquatic Center’s offerings, which include:
- a lazy river
- two large slides
- a diving pool with two diving boards (1 meter and 3 meters high)
- an aquatic climbing wall
- lap lanes
- a children’s wading pool with slide, spray tower and spray features
- a water basketball goal
- log roll
An outdoor concession area and locker room and showers round out the amenities.
Swim lessons and pool parties are among activities to be offered.
The Recreation Center features two full basketball courts, a workout area, two group exercise rooms and an indoor walking trail.
Other amenities include meeting rooms with audio and video equipment, as well as a kitchen, an activity room, a child watch service, concession area, and locker rooms and showers.
Drawing on Central Park’s railroad station theme, the center’s entrance was designed to resemble a train depot. A model train engine donated by Dental Depot is situated near the entrance, where it’s attracting children and families for photo-taking and play.
Visit the center to get your fun on! Classes offered include yoga, Zumba, TRX and kick boxing.
Multipurpose Pavilion/ Farmers’ Market
Another exciting feature of Central Park is its new and expanded Farmers’ Market. Local farmers, food producers and artisans offer fresh produce, dairy, eggs, meats, nuts, honey, baked items, processed foods, seasonal produce, certified organic products, and a variety of handmade skincare and craft items. Also available for sale are starter plants, orchids and fresh-cut flowers, along with crafts, soaps and furniture.
The Farmers’ Market runs May 5 through October from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays.
For more information on the park, including park passes, pricing and other information, go to CentralPark.CityofMoore.com/.