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Indiana Tech drops plans for athletic facilities at Memorial Park

By Eric Dutkiewicz, 05/09/17, 11:45AM EDT

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Indiana Tech will not move forward with plans for new athletic facilities at Memorial Park, the university announced Tuesday.

Indiana Tech officials notified the Fort Wayne Parks Board of Commissioners and the Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department that the school has withdrawn the proposed $6.4 million project, according to an Indiana Tech statement.

Tech unveiled on April 4 big plans for Memorial Park that would have built a new softball stadium in place of the current one, a new track & field facility and a new building for athletic training rooms and offices. Construction was expected to begin in June.

In the weeks that followed, people voiced concerns at public hearings over the future of monuments at the 100-year-old park dedicated to the memory of the Fort Wayne and Allen County servicemen who died during World War I.

Indiana Tech’s choice to halt plans at Memorial Park comes from a “wide range of feedback” and is “respectful of opposing viewpoints,” according to the university.

City of Fort Wayne officials say in the same statement that, despite disappointment to stop the project, they support the university’s decision to withdraw the proposal.

Indiana Tech officials add they will work to find a new location for their new athletic facilities.