Opinion: Award for Cook richly deserved

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No, we’re not campaigning on behalf of Mayor Andy Cook here, but we’re tossing him a double thumbs-up (that would be four thumbs, two apiece, here) on the occasion of him being name Outstanding Public Official by the Greenways Foundation of Indiana. The honor is in recognition of Cook’s administration’s efforts in trail development in Westfield. There is no arguing that our trails have come light years during his term of service to the city. They are amenities that enrich our community and enhance its standing as a relocation destination for residents and businesses. “It really is an honor to be recognized by the Greenways Foundation of Indiana, and I look forward to continue working toward our mutual goals of creating connected communities,” Mayor Cook said in a statement last week. According to the city, there exist 11.9896 miles of named trails completed in Washington Township, including Anna Kendall, Cool Creek, Cook Creek Park, Grand Junction, Little Eagle Creek, Midland Trace and Extension, Monon and Natalie Wheeler. In addition, there are 70.6241 miles of existing trails in Washington Township – named and unnamed. It’s a wonderful thing for our city.

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We wish Rhonda Daly all the best in her recently announced role as head of hospitality for Grand Park. The facility, Westfield’s massive sports complex, is expected to officially open in June, but it will begin hosting tournaments this month.

Daly was graduated from Butler University and has been in hospitality for a number of years, encompassing multiple entities and events, including Meridian Hills Country Club and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Stated Cook: “I am thrilled to have someone as passionate and energetic as Rhonda heading up the hospitality initiative and Grand Park initiative. Grand Park is going to be a huge benefit to our community in terms of the visitors it will bring and the effect it will have in growing our community’s tax rate.”

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