I would like to see Indiana Tech's proposed Memorial Park project happen.
My family has lived in Fort Wayne since 1989. My younger daughter who is mildly mentally handicapped attended Memorial Park Middle School as it was the best school for her and we enthusiastically supported the school. We noticed Memorial Park across the street but didn't visit. I take my cars to Eastside Automotive adjacent to the park.
My two grandfathers fought in World War I, one lived here. I can see the clear benefits to improving the park for the community, and offering a better “Welcome” to visitors coming from the East. Some who oppose this project might react in fear — worried about what might happen. I'm not sure they give Indiana Tech credit for caring about this area of the city. Indiana Tech appears to be a good citizen, seems to care about Fort Wayne and has invested in the east central area. They have “skin” in the game. I can see more visitors to Memorial Park, seeing memorials honoring Veterans after this investment.
I don't see the downside of some memorials being moved, if more people see them and learn about them. How wonderful would it be to have collegiate sporting events draw people, and press to the park? That doesn't happen now. Finally, I can see students from Memorial Park crossing the street to watch a collegiate track and women's softball games. I can see parents encouraging kids to go to college seeing athlete's success — wouldn't that be great? I can see the park being safer — isn't that better?
Hold Indiana Tech accountable; don't give them “the keys” without performance, but let's take advantage of their investment, support our fallen heroes and give kids and families a gift.