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Tuesday, May 09, 2017 10:26 am

Indiana Tech withdraws Memorial Park athletic facility proposal

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

Indiana Tech announced today it is withdrawing its plans to bring new athletics facilities to Memorial Park, a proposal that met staunch opposition from veterans and their descendants.

"Our intent from the start has been to create new facilities that would both serve our students - the next generation of talented young people who will help lead our city - and create new facilities within the park for the entire community to enjoy," Indiana Tech President Arthur Snyder said in a statement.

"While we believe our proposal would bring new, positive activity to Memorial Park, we have also heard a wide range of feedback on the project and want to be respectful of opposing viewpoints. With this in mind, we have withdrawn our proposal from consideration."

In a news conference with city officials, Indiana Tech announced April 4 its plans to invest $6.4 million in Memorial Park. Its proposal included a new track and field facility, a softball stadium, and an athletic training and office facility.

Indiana Tech would have partnered with the city and Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation on the project.

In a statement, Mayor Tom Henry said he is disappointed the project won't proceed but understands and supports the college's decision.

“I want to thank Indiana Tech for proposing an initiative that would have allowed not only the continuation of a beautiful park memorial but would have also provided a unique opportunity to enhance east central Fort Wayne,” he said.

asloboda@jg.net