LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The results are in and the public has spoken. Residents want Lafayette city leaders to spend millions of dollars to renovate Loeb Stadium.
"Maybe some more sporting events, more concerts, more family-type activities," said Barbara Reed.
"I'd like to see it cleaned up a little more. It needs to be remodeled. I'd like to see more facilities to eat around here," said Dana Cassell.
Lafayette residents who live near Loeb Stadium aren't the only ones who want to see the stadium upgraded. The city received responses from 640 people to a survey asking questions like what events they think should be held at Loeb.
"They want, with other activities, professional baseball games was one, concerts were another. There was even suggestions for movies in the park," said Ted Bumbleburg, Lafayette Parks Superintendent.
Another question on the survey was, "How much money should be put into repairing or rebuilding the stadium?" Bumbleburg said the majority of respondents were willing to invest in the 73-year-old facility.
"The recommendation that came out of the consultant was $2.9 million-$4.5 million renovation of Loeb Stadium and to make it one that will last more than 25 years," said Bumbleburg.
Bumbleburg was also pleased with the results from a five-year master plan survey that 375 people filled out.
"The biggest thing that came out of the parks survey is that they want to see us expand our trails and pathways," said Bumbleburg.
Residents are excited to see what the future holds with all these upgrades.
"There's a lot more going on in this area and it's being built up a lot more, with the kids and teenagers and things of that nature. I'm sure a lot of people would respond well to other activities here," said Reed.
News 18 asked Bumbleburg about an ideal time for the renovations at Loeb Stadium. He said they want to have the stadium available and ready for the start of next year's Lafayette Jeff baseball season in March.
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