Stillwater voters are being asked to approve a $15,000,000 debt obligation to build part of a sports complex. Promotional materials state "a capacity of 16 - 18 ball fields and 16 soccer fields" but this borrowed money only builds part of it and it's on a dirt road.
With the cost of paving at least $1,260,000/mile, the true cost of the completed project could someday be millions more than anyone expects.
Oh, I also understand an Edmond company may even manage the place! From a practical perspective, does anyone believe a "soccer mom" from OKC or Edmond driving an Escalade or Lexus is going to drive by the new indoor facility at I-35 and Covell Road to come to Stillwater and take her kids to a field on a dirt road, twice?
Sure, they will make the first trip to try out the place, but when they get rained out and have to drive their Denali down a muddy road, once they get to Highway 51 and Country Club Road, they'll turn west and go straight home, never going into Stillwater to spend money, and never return.
Many of these soccer moms probably never drive on muddy unpaved roads and once they have the experience, may never leave pavement again. By the way, when's the last time you saw two soccer moms hooking up one SUV with a log chain to another SUV stuck in a ditch in a pouring rain.
Oh well, when the place falls flat and the tournament business evaporates, we likely will have an "Our Stillwater" entry into the Guinness Book of World Records as the only $15,000,000 dog park in existence.
Hope they've stored up a few extra fire hydrants to use and trees to plant. Probably need another bond to pay for that, too.