The mayor of Westfield announced plans this morning to build a $60 million youth sports complex with a 4,000-seat multipurpose outdoor stadium, indoor sports facilities, and fields for baseball, soccer, softball and lacrosse.
The sports facilities would anchor a 1,500-acre development by locally based Estridge Co. along Towne Road between 146th and 161st streets. The project, called Symphony, already features the Wood Wind Golf Club.
All told, the sports component and clusters of retail, hotels and residential development around it would require a public and private investment of $1.5 billion, Mayor Andy Cook said . . .
“This is a public-private venture which will clearly put Westfield on the map,” Cook said in a statement. “We are in the process of working on creative funding mechanisms as we truly believe that we are bringing forth a tourism component benefitting the entire state.”
The mayor is lobbying state officials to create a tax-increment finance district so the city can collect tax revenue to pay for the public portion of the project. The city also is working with the Hamilton County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau to create a Family Sports Advisory Commission that would coordinate the development.
What is it about people in Indiana who think that the whole world revolves around sports? Our major industries are shutting down, wages are falling, our schools are deteriorating and all our leaders can think about is building bigger and better sports facilities when we can't even afford the ones we've already built. I saw Mayor Andy Cook being interviewed by WTHR. He said there were only two other places in the country with similar sports-themed communites like the one he is planning for Westfield and one of them was Disney World. Why doesn't he just rename his city "Fantasy Island" and maybe all of his dreams will come true.