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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Population doesn’t warrant sports park

  • The city of Shawnee and its citizens cannot afford to make another mistake like it did with the expo center, which promised more than it could deliver and we have paid for ever since, and wow, look it’s part of the new tax they want us to approve. I thought it was self-sufficient now. I read in the paper Feb. 7 that it made over 400K on the RV park alone last year.


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  • The city of Shawnee and its citizens cannot afford to make another mistake like it did with the expo center, which promised more than it could deliver and we have paid for ever since, and wow, look it’s part of the new tax they want us to approve. I thought it was self-sufficient now. I read in the paper Feb. 7 that it made over 400K on the RV park alone last year.
    I don’t believe Shawnee needs two sports parks. The city of Shawnee has a  total population of less than 50,000, while the Dallas sports park that Yes for Progress is trying to compare it to has millions. Even David Shideler, OSU Extension economist said people would more likely go to one in Oklahoma City than in the small town of Shawnee.
    The Citizen Potawatomi Nation is building a sports park next to the Firelake casino off Hardesty Road, which is just 1.7 miles from city hall and 4.8 miles from the expo center. It will have six ball fields instead of 12 and will benefit both Shawnee and Tecumseh. Now I’m no expert, however, I’m sure the Tribe hired several before making a decision on how big to make their park.
    I have also read they want to use the sports park for little league as well. Has even one thought been given to how this will affect the individual clubs? A lot of the small clubs would not exist if they were not able to fund themselves from their concession sales. So should we just let those small teams go to the wayside so that the city can try and make money from their concessions from a park that has been doomed from its conception?
    I’m all for improving the city of Shawnee and bringing jobs to it as well. However, the city itself can’t seem to find people who want to go to work for it (see the front page of the News-Star Nov. 23) so where is it going to find people wanting to do seasonal work at a ball park.?
    The city needs to stop trying to bleed its citizens dry and start doing improvement’s to the infrastructure to attract people to come and stay, then maybe worry about a sports park after our population grows enough to afford one.
    Christopher Stearman
    Shawnee

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