VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Vigo County’s Capital Improvement Board (CIB) is seeking residents’ input on the possibility of an indoor fieldhouse, outdoor sports complex and/or an aquatics facility in Terre Haute, Vigo County.
Residents were out at Deming Park on Thursday for what was considered a warm day in February and were excited to express their thoughts on the potential projects.
“We need something like. Like desperately,” Hailey Johnson said. “Something where families can go and be together, something that is beneficial for our kids to move their bodies and be active. Whether it’s indoor or outdoor, we need something,” Johnson added.
CIB President and Terre Haute Mayor, Duke Bennett, said that getting a thorough understanding of what the community wants and needs is an important part of the process when planning the possibility of added amenities, such as sporting and aquatic features.
The CIB launched a public survey and encouraged all Vigo County residents to share their input regarding the potential investments.
Vigo County resident Lacey Fields said, “I think it’s a really good idea. Because he loves, loves, loves to play. Loves being outside, but then in the winter, can’t go outside. There is minimal you can do in the house; he gets kind of stir-crazy. So, something indoor, I think would be great,”
“I think it’s absolutely necessary. I think we’re a little behind the times,” Johnson said.
Earlier this year, the CIB hired Pros Consulting to conduct a comprehensive feasibility study for the project. The results of the study will help determine the best options for the potential projects and examine if the investment would enhance the quality of life in Vigo County.
“We’re actually from Utah and they have the most incredible city sports complexes and to see my friends asking their kids there, I’m so jealous,” Johnson said.
The final study will include a market analysis, business plan, space planning, concept design and cost analysis. The study is expected to be completed in May of 2023.
Vigo County residents can let their voices be heard, by completing the survey by March 19, 2023. The survey is expected to take about 15 minutes.
“We need it, so bad. Come on Terre Haute,” Johnson added.