Dragstrip Idea Nears 4,000 Votes

By John W. Davis

March 20, 2011 Updated Mar 20, 2011 at 6:30 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Viewer comments are divided over whether Fort Wayne leaders should spend part of the city's $78 million legacy fund on a drag racing strip on the city's south side.

It's been called a great idea by thousands of residents.

Supporters told Indiana's NewsCenter Fort Wayne Leaders should build a quarter mile dragstrip to boost the city economy.

They believe if the city owned the drag strip, the city could lease it and make their money back.

Supporters also believe the dragstrip would bring in tourism dollars and be the catalyst for new small-businesses.

However, others don't believe it is a wise use of city light lease funds.

Here's eight varying opinions on the matter.

"I think the dragstrip would be a great idea for both the city of Fort Wayne and also all the car enthusiasts that surround the area," typed Mark from Fort Jennings, Ohio, to Indiana's NewsCenter "Two Cents" section.

"We've had Baer Field Raceway for years, so why not a dragstrip?," typed Tina from Fort Wayne.

"I personally think this is a dumb idea. Why spend money that you don't have, on something that you don't need," typed Diana from Avilla, Indiana.

"Here's a brilliant idea, how about we use the money to update our schools and keep them open," shared Kyle from Fort Wayne, Indiana.

"A dragstrip in Fort Wayne would be a no brainer. I still drag race and would visit often," typed a Fort Wayne Native named Charles, who currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

"Please build a dragstrip to give us more places to go," wrote Cathy from Wabash, Indiana.

"There are more people into Motorsports in the area than people realize. I hope Fort Wayne thinks real hard about this project," shared Steve from Pierceton, Indiana.

"Why build one, use Smith Filed runways once a week, month, or when the gov. decides to use it. You're only talking a few house per event," typed Mike from Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Meanwhile, voting at feedbackfortwayne.org ends this month.

The Legacy Task Force will go over those community submitted ideas and group proposal in April, May and June.

The Task Force is expected to give Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry their recommendations in June or July.

Mayor Henry is expected to share initial decision for part of the $78 million legacy fund in the fall of 2011.

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