The City of Edmond is one of Oklahoma City’s largest suburbs, balancing a growing economy while maintaining its heritage and small hometown characteristics. Founded in 1889, Edmond boasts many firsts in the Oklahoma Territory including the first church building (St. John the Baptist Catholic Church), the first continuous newspaper (The Edmond Son) and the first public schoolhouse. The City of Edmond is home to numerous public recreation areas including 18 parks, several golf courses, a skate park and soccer fields as well as both tennis and aquatic centers. Nearby Lake Arcadia (pictured above) provides boating and fishing opportunities and each January hosts an Eagle Watch. Jogging enthusiasts can enjoy Hafer Park’s paved multi-use trails as well as three playgrounds, a volleyball court, kid’s fishing pond, outdoor state and athletic complex. Many thanks to the City of Edmond for providing park photos for our Locations Guide and to the Oklahoma Historical Society for information on this community.