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REPAVING OF THE SOAP BOX DERBY TRACK
Mayor Thomas Broderick, Jr. announced today that the Board of Works approved a bid on April 9th to resurface the Anderson Soap Box Derby Track located at 2nd Street and Madison Avenue. Improvements are expected to be complete by the end of April. The total project including improvements to curbs and drains will cost $96,720.The Anderson Soap Box Derby was disbanded in 2014. Before disbanding, the Anderson Soap Box Derby created opportunities for kids to go to the national Soap Box Derby every year dating back to 1934, with the exception of races during World War II. Mayor Broderick worked last year with Terry Taylor, the founder of the Indiana Recreation, Sports and Entertainment Corporation and other advocates to reopen the Soap Box Derby track. The city made track repairs, paved an access road and installed electrical power to support the event.Mayor Broderick committed to repave the track after a successful first year in 2018. Twenty-eight cars participated in the race last year and more participation is expected in the 2019 race. Presently, the 2019 race will be held on May 31st and June 1st.Mayor Broderick stated, “The Anderson Soap Box Derby Track has been a part of Anderson’s youth for over 82 years and has a rich history in our community. I am excited that we are going to be able to make these additional improvements this year in order to continue the tradition.”The repaving of the track is part of the city’s commitment to improving the quality of life for our citizens. This year, $10 million will be used to repave roads in Anderson including 53rd St., N. Broadway, Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. and 73rd St. The city will be announcing additional roads that will be a part of this project during the next 30 days. Over 50 roads were paved last year including 8th St. from Rangeline to Winding Way.Quality of life initiatives included the city purchasing the new ice-skating rink, which was visited by 8,000 people during the last Christmas season. Additionally, 11 Anderson Parks have seen major improvements and renovations. Dickmann Town Center will be renovated this spring. The city will also be completing its three-phase renovation of the city’s 10-mile trail system.