On a cold day, Fort Dodge gives a formal warm welcome to the new Decker Development Park
16 Dec 2016
After cutting the ribbon to open the new Decker Development Park on the east side of Fort Dodge Thursday morning, Don Decker, chairman of the board of Decker Truck Line Inc., walked a little way down First Avenue South with former Mayor Terry Lutz.
He was looking for something buried under the snow along the curb that will be there for a long time.
“While they were pouring the concrete,” Decker said, “I took the two grandkids out there and let them put their hand and foot prints in there.”
Donnie Decker, 2, and Drew Decker, 6 months, were both happy to leave their mark.
“They loved it,” Decker said.
The Decker Development Park, also known as the Crosstown Connector Industrial Park, has more than 100 acres of land that can be developed for commercial use. An extension of First Avenue South east from Fort Frenzy and a section of South 42nd Street from Fifth Avenue South will serve not only the businesses that locate in the park, but also allow motorists entering Fort Dodge from the east a more direct route to the city’s east side business district. The road is considered a part of the crosstown connector project.
Decker credits the success of the project to a cooperative effort. He said support from Gov. Terry Branstad, the Iowa Department of Transportation and Fort Dodge City Council were all critical to making the project a success.