• Cathy O’Connor

Groundbreaking set for MAPS 3 health, wellness center


On May 4, our city will gather to celebrate the groundbreaking of the next MAPS 3 project. Construction is starting at the third MAPS 3 Senior Health and Wellness Center located at NE 36 and Lincoln.

The 44,810-square-foot center is expected to open next year and will be operated by Langston University in conjunction with the YMCA. The facility will include a heated, four-lane indoor fitness pool, fully equipped fitness center, gym, game room, classroom space for art and programs, computer area, demonstration kitchen, gathering spaces and an elevated indoor walking and jogging track. The facility also will include a multipurpose clinic with exam rooms. Langston University will rotate health care students to provide health screenings and possible physical therapy services.

The first two wellness centers built through MAPS 3 are highly used and have become an important way to link Oklahoma City residents ages 50 and up with fitness and recreation opportunities, health services and social connections. The first center, 11501 N. Rockwell Ave., is operated by Healthy Living and Fitness. The second center, 4021 S. Walker Ave., is operated by NorthCare. The fourth center will be located at Western Avenue south of SW 134th Street.

The location of the third center at NE 36th and Lincoln has been well-planned. The building will share a parking lot with a new Homeland grocery store that is under construction next door, on schedule to be completed in the fall. The store will offer organic fruits and vegetables, freshly baked breads, a custom butcher shop, fresh, ready-to-eat deli foods, wine and beer by the glass and a drive-thru pharmacy. The store will have indoor and outdoor seating near the grab-and-go prepared food. The outdoor seating will be near service outlets for food trucks, creating an open space for gatherings. This turns NE 36 and Lincoln into a destination and community gathering spot that will make an impact on the health, wellness and connections of our residents in the area.

The $11.7 million facility will open debt-free, thanks to the citizens of Oklahoma City and MAPS 3 programs. Join Oklahoma City residents, City Council members, MAPS 3 Citizens Advisory Board members and others to celebrate another win for our community.

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