The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK


January 16, 2014

Letter: Revisit the park complex issue a little more

ENID, Okla. — Seems like those of us who have lived here the longest are always the slowest to accept change. When the Enid Event Center was proposed, I must admit I had my doubts.

Now, every day, when drive by it, I marvel at the beauty of it and what it has done for downtown Enid and finally the Plainsmen and the Pacers have a place that they can proudly call home.

The remodeled Convention Hall absolutely is gorgeous, and it’s hard to even remember what it once was.

On a recent trip to Ardmore, I was amazed at the beautiful park and recreation facility on the edge of town, right on I-35. It’s one of the first things you see. As you travel around the country, you see other cities following suit.

Every year, businesses around town are inundated with kids raising money to go to a softball, baseball or soccer tournament or even a swim meet in other towns. All great causes, but wouldn’t it be great to have some statewide tournaments here?

David Allen and the Event Center have proven that if we build first-rate facilities, they will come.

What I’m getting at is this: Maybe it’s time we revisited the park complex a little more. Take our time and look at the missions of dollars that will be brought to Enid.

Sure, I know it was voted down, or was it? Less than 30 percent of the people voted. Even the Oklahoma City TV stations made light of our voter turnout.

We must never forget that the land is ours for only a moment.

Future generations will follow that must live here. It’s not enough to leave something for them, but we must leave it a little better than we found it.

Thanks for letting me bend your ear. Keep smiling.

Rick Simpson

Enid, Okla., where turn signals are optional

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