The following exerpt is from a recent communication put out by the Fieldhouse Project. On one hand, they say they’re broke. OTOH, they say “... governmental entites are recognizine the need and developing strategies for funding…” Okay. The City Commission, rightlfully so, has openly stated they are NOT in concert with the Fieldhouse Project. The City has made no plans to fund it and is not “developing strategies” to do so. The County Commission may roll over with some funding. Hopefully, the County Commissioners hold their responsibility to the consitiuency higher than that. But, the social/political ego boost may be more than they can keep from bowing to. The Fieldhouse Project communication says their bank account is empty and they still owe money to their consultant. (Awww, the tears are ruining my makeup!) The Chamber got their hands slapped for handing eco-devo money to this group. Hopefully, it’s in its death throes.
Tremendous progress has been made toward developing a vision and creating momentum toward improved sports and recreation facilities for our regional area this past year. We are at a critical time in the history of the progress. Community members are continuing to become involved, governmental entities are recognizing the need and developing strategies for funding, and regional bodies are determining how to dance together without stepping on each other’s toes. It is a delicate balance. YOU, and your kids, are the reason these wheels are in motion. We’ve done some great work! People are talking, a vision has been crafted (even if it will be re-crafted several more times), a budget has been cast, a funding mechanism has been suggested. These are critical pieces needed to make the project a reality. Let’s keep the momentum going until kids are playing on improved courts and fields! We hope you will join the effort now.
Fieldhouse Project Board
I have no doubt some upgrades of existing park athletic facilites are in order and, perhaps, some new accomodations. If so, those decisions need made by our Parks & Rec and our City Commission… not a private group that wants the taxpayer to spend $250 million on playgrounds desinged to accomodate the privileged. The need has been acknowledged. Now, this group needs to fold their tent and go back to Wamego, Timber Creek, and their million dollar west side homes. The citizens of Manhattan simply cannot afford to pay for your kids to enjoy luxusious facilities. The Fieldhouse Project was initiated as a privately funded effort. If you think it such a marvelous effort, fund it yourselves.