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May 18, 2014

ED VASICEK: 'Pumped' about city for several reasons

Projects push Kokomo in right direction

It has been about five years since the wife and I went bike riding. After having two bikes stolen, I decided I wasn’t going to supply folks who wanted five-finger discounts. Due to some changes (don’t want to elaborate), I felt it was rational to take up this healthy pursuit again.

We have often trekked the scenic Walk of Excellence, but, with all these other new paved trails (and more to come), how could I resist biking any longer? Kokomo is a great place to ride a bike, jog or hike.

The amazing trails, however, are only one thing that “pumps me up” about Kokomo. What are some others? I cannot even think of them all — but I can discuss a few.

Let me begin with Kokomo’s proposed baseball stadium. According to the Kokomo Tribune, “Those involved in the committee behind the city of Kokomo’s next big downtown project have referred to it as a ‘game changer.’ Now, they’re ready to play ball, unveiling plans to build a new $11.5 million baseball stadium.

“A blue ribbon committee appointed by Mayor Greg Goodnight in March 2013 provided its recommendation to build the park during a press conference on Monday. Plans call for raising the ground level in the traditionally flood-prone neighborhood to transform it into a flood mitigation area with onsite and offsite detention areas planned to the east and west of the stadium’s main entry plaza.”

The new park will be cherished by local high schools, but if the park looks anything like its sketch suggests, I would imagine our city would become a magnet, irresistibly attracting a professional minor league team. I like that.

This exciting development is yet another addition to a burgeoning downtown area that makes me marvel. I am not savvy when it comes to the mechanics of these amazing projects, but I know enough to realize that Kokomo (and specifically downtown Kokomo) is being transformed before my eyes at an impressive clip.

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