The Ardmore Regional Park Authority received an update on a brewing project on Monday.
In the authority’s last meeting before August, the authority received an update on the Family Entertainment Center, which is currently in the preliminary stages of planning. The authority will be on hiatus until August due to the busyness of the summer months for the parks and recreation department.
The authority members were presented with several drawings and plans for the new center in order to provide a final update before the two month hiatus, with kitchen designs on the menu.
“This is the menu as is today that we actually have to open with,” Teresa Ervin, Ardmore parks and recreation director, said. “It will be an ever changing menu.”
The preliminary menu was needed in order to determine the size of kitchen needed as well as the preparation equipment needed to prepare the menu items. The menu presented to the board included several items that will be served at the concession stand style kitchen, including cheese burgers, pizza, hot dogs, nachos, fried pickles, onion rings, chicken wings and a variety of other foods. The menu also includes a kid’s menu and healthy options such as salads, wraps and sandwiches.
“We wanted to have something for everybody,” Ervin told the board. The menu will be flexible and seasonal items such as soups or time specific ingredients will also be available throughout the year.
Ervin said while the food at the center is in the style of a concession stand style, she hopes the food is much more than that.
“I want the food to be quality,” she said. “I’d like there to be that signature thing that people come for.”
Ervin reported that progress is being made on the facility, with meetings and discussions bringing construction closer and closer. Ervin sent in a preliminary budget for operations, which she described as being extremely bare-bones. The budget is in case it is needed for the next fiscal year, which Ervin said she hopes is the case.
“It’s finally actually moving where it’s something we can put hands on and see,” she said.
The 9,000-square-foot building will house a game or arcade area, kitchen and dining area, kids play area, meeting or party rooms and a ticket redemption area to go with outdoor activities.