MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

Opinion

March 29, 2012

Cooperation saves turf at Indian Bowl

In tough economic times, people have to be resourceful to accomplish more with less.

It is true of your household.

It is true of your government.

Muskogee Public Schools tried to pass a $2.7 million bond issue in April 2011.

The issue failed, it seems in part, because it included money for resurfacing Indian Bowl and improving the weight room facilities.

Muskogee voters said no in 2011.

Muskogee officials did not exactly agree.

The result? The Roughers soccer team played the first game on a new polyurethane turf Tuesday.

After being stymied by voters, MPS officials went to work to find a solution.

The City of Muskogee Foundation loaned the $641,000 to improve the turf at Indian Bowl.

MPS will pay $30,000 per year and Bacone College, which uses the field for its football team, will pay $50,000 per year.

The college and school also constructed a cross country track joining the campuses of Muskogee High School and Bacone.

Football coach Josh Blankenship also worked with money from MPS to improve the weight room facilities.

The turf was old and worn out.

It was fast becoming a safety hazard for any student playing on it.

Now, players can be safe without additional burden on taxpayers.

The Indian Bowl turf reflects what can be accomplished through cooperation. That should be celebrated.

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