Before Monday, Central Christian College appeared before the McPherson County Planning and Zoning Board two times to ask for permission to build a new baseball and softball complex southwest of the city limits. Twice it was told to head back to the drawing board and think through its plans; a decision which protected both the residents adjacent to the property and the college itself. The proposals presented at those two meetings failed to illustrate adequate drainage routes, to protect neighbors from noise and light pollution and to provide routes for emergency vehicles.
Monday, however, the college stepped forward with a comprehensive proposal, addressing the board’s most pressing concerns and promising to tend to others before starting work.
This was an important step for both McPherson and the college. City-wide, a new complex would ease the pressure on often complicated and crowded schedules that attempt to find each baseball, softball, little league or T-ball team a place to play. Moving Central to its own field would allow public teams and other private clubs greater access to the city’s already top-tier ball fields.
For the college, however, the construction of the new fields would mean much more. There is no denying that better sports facilities entice students to those colleges that have them, and a new complex will give Central’s student-athletes a leg up on the competition.
But more than any short-time boost, the stadium marks another step on the college’s long walk toward its self-divined future. It shows Central is serious about improving its campus and providing its students the very best. Along with other projects in the pipe, such as the school’s new plaza and planned tennis courts, the ball fields exemplify Central’s current period of renewal — its transition into a modern, mature institution of higher learning in an always-evolving world.
Good for you, Central Christian College, and good luck as you move toward breaking ground on your new facilities.
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