READY TO DIG: Bixby officials and residents were present at the groundbreaking for the Bentley Park Sports Complex on June 10. The facility is expected to be completed by the summer or fall of 2009.
As part of the April 2006 $20 million bond issue Bixby voters strongly supported, the City of Bixby broke ground on Phase II of the Bentley Park Sports Complex, 148th Street east of Memorial Drive, on Tuesday, June 10.
The groundbreaking event took place in the area of the existing baseball quad parking lot. Phase II will include construction of a premier sports facility consisting of a baseball quad, softball quad, super playground, sprayground, international soccer field and miscellaneous court areas. The new construction will complement an existing state-of-the-art baseball quad along with the 14-field soccer complex. (A sprayground is a playground that uses both water and electronic controls to create an experience for youngsters that is both refreshing and entertaining.)
Jim Crosby, Planning Design Group of Tulsa, is credited for the beautiful design and detail of the new sports complex. The construction bid has been awarded to the Cherokee Nation Industries.
“Cherokee Nation Industries is eagerly looking forward to working with the City of Bixby on what will certainly be one of the best youth sports complexes in all of Oklahoma,” says Bryan Collins, CEO of Cherokee Nation Industries. A diverse company that has been a leader in aerospace and defense manufacturing for nearly 40 years, Collins says CNI’s construction division is confident its reputation for excellence will grow as the company ventures into public sector projects.
“Bentley Park is going to be a phenomenal addition to the City of Bixby’s parks and recreation program and we just thank the City for giving us the opportunity to work on a project that will impact the entire community,” says Roy J. Hannaford, executive vice-president of construction for Cherokee Nation Industries. “CNI is overjoyed to be part of such a project and we look forward to doing more work with the City of Bixby and other municipalities as our construction division grows.”
CNI has completed nearly $100 million in construction on health centers and other tribal ventures in the last two years and is pleased to make Bentley Park Sports Complex its first municipal project.