TROY – After decades of continuous flooding, the Knoop Baseball Complex has finally met all criteria to be classified as a lake. By definition, a lake is an area filled with water, surrounded by land, apart from any river or other outlet. Miami County’s Environmental Director, Ingrid Pinson, has officially confirmed that the former baseball complex is indeed a lake.
“More often than not, Knoop is completely flooded. I mean, they’ve already cancelled 2 straight seasons of T-ball,” stated Pinson. “It’s time to stop kidding ourselves.”
The decision did not come without an effort to fix the flooding. In June, a team of 600 volunteers attempted to Shop-Vac the entire basin. After 2 days of hard work and a few drowned volunteers, the team decided it was a lost cause.
“At one point, it started sprinkling and the water rose another 2 feet. That was the last straw,” said Jhonathen Shurks, a volunteer for the cause. “And my fucking Shop-Vac broke. What a waste of time.”
Knoop Baseball Complex was originally designed to be a lake for the trailer dwellers along 25A, until taxpayers changed their mind in favor of a baseball complex. The location was doomed from the start, but now Knoop Lake has returned to its roots.
Plans for development around the lake are already underway, with Regus Fiddlehorn, acting chair of the Discover Troy Initiative, taking a look at possible business development. “We’ve already got Tilted Kilt locked in on some hot lakefront property, now we’re in the process of reaching out to local companies to build some fucking insane McMansions around the third base line to get this thing really popping off.”
Bids are already out, with Denglinger and Son’s submitting an aggressive timeline proposal with estimates to complete the project within four to eight months. Bruns General Contracting, Taylor Homes, and SchlongCo Ventures have also submitted proposals for the new subdevelopment. “Yeah, it really doesn’t matter if they’re any good, as long as they look good we can cash out pretty good on this one.” said Fiddlehorn.
Construction is expected to start in late July. Be sure to follow the Miami County Bugle Caller for all updates on the Knoop Lake Development Project.