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Oct. 16, 2008, editorial: Field of Dreams plans on target

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THE ISSUE: Field of Dreams OUR VIEW: Push forward is good

By The Staff

For years, the Field of Dreams multi-sports complex idea has been on the table and in various forms as the city of Elizabethtown and the Elizabethtown Tourism and Convention Bureau worked on the best plan for this community.

But the announcement this month of the components that will make up the multimillion dollar endeavor on St. John Road makes the picture just a little clearer.

While not a finished project, the make-up of FOD is becoming much clearer: There will be something for young and old.

And the enormity of the project will serve the needs of many.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • 10 designated soccer fields and two shared fields.
  • 12 baseball/softball fields.
  • 2 football game fields.
  • A nature pavilion that will include a three-mile walking loop.
  • 2 sand volleyball courts.

By comparison, there are currently five fields for youth baseball in Elizabethtown for children ranging in age from 5 through 18.

In addition to fields of play, there will be several restroom and concession facilities throughout the park.

Opponents of FOD will question why there needs to be that many fields for a community of 25,000 or so. Those behind the project know and understand that this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and the "think big'' plan is to serve both local children and adults, as well as attract tournaments on a national scale.

This city and this county should have more thinkers whose vision extend beyond the immediate future.

Setting the revised plans in motion and presenting them to the public to grasp is the right move.

With entrance way work already started, pushing forward on executing the plan will be the next major step backers  need to make.

The sooner the better.

 — This editorial represents a consensus of The News-Enterprise editorial board: R. Chris Ordway, Warren Wheat, Sarah Reddoch, Jeff D’Alessio, Holly Tabor, Michelle McGuffin and Kendra Stewart.