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Residents invited to Norman Forward Indoor Tennis Facility ribbon-cutting; Norman City Council approves senior center location

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Mayor Lynne Miller, pictured here in 2016, will address the crowd at the Norman Forward Indoor Tennis Facility ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday. [The Oklahoman Archives]
Mayor Lynne Miller, pictured here in 2016, will address the crowd at the Norman Forward Indoor Tennis Facility ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday. [The Oklahoman Archives]

Norman residents and tennis enthusiasts are invited to join the city of Norman for a ribbon-cutting and grand opening celebration of the newly completed Westwood Indoor Tennis Facility, 2420 Westport Drive.

The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Friday with an address from Mayor Lynne Miller and comments from Norman Chamber of Commerce President Scott Martin, city of Norman’s tennis pro Marc Claude and Oklahoma U.S. Tennis Association President Bill Towler. After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, attendees are invited to enjoy refreshments and self-guided tours in the new facility. A ceremonial first serve on the new courts will be observed, and a raffle for door prizes will be held.

The 15,000-square-foot facility is a Norman Forward project, funded through a one-half-cent sales tax approved by Norman voters in October 2015. The construction contract was awarded to Flintco for $1,376,714 in August 2018. The facility is the city’s first tensile fabric structure and features two new USTA-sanctioned indoor tennis courts, reflected LED lighting, a spectator area, and an energy efficient heating and air conditioning system. The project also included the construction of two new outdoor USTA-standard courts with lighting, fencing and bleacher areas, which were completed in 2018 before the new indoor facility’s construction.

Senior Center

The Norman City Council passed a resolution at its May 14 meeting naming Reaves Park as the location for the Norman Forward Senior Center facility and appropriating $7.6 million for its design and construction.

The Senior Center Ad Hoc Committee, the Reaves Park Ad Hoc Committee, the Norman Senior Association, and representatives of the Medieval Fair endorsed the southwest corner of Reaves Park as the location for the new senior center.

The resolution also re-programmed $7.6 million from the Norman Forward Griffin Park project to the senior center. These savings were due to the agreement with the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services for a long-term lease of Griffin Park instead of a land purchase, a news release stated.

City staff will begin interviewing design firms in early June and anticipate bringing a contract to city council in late June. The public input and design process is expected to be completed in 2020 with construction beginning as early as 2021.

For more information about this and other Norman Forward Projects, go to http://www.normanok.gov/cm/norman-forward.

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