Pearce said he was not surprised by the damage caused by the shuttle buses due to the amount of rainfall that weekend.
“If we do damage to the park, we repair it,” Pearce said. We want to leave it in the condition we found it in.”
Pearce said the organizers knew Saturday night the mix of heavy rains and buses was causing damage and changed the bus route to avoid that area.
“We didn’t catch it soon enough,” he said.
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“We are excited and relieved the city is committed to work with us to explore options of continuing to use the airport. … We appreciate the opportunity to proactively work with you to identify the best option,” Pearce wrote in an email after Tuesday’s meeting to Dickten and Matt Eisenbraun, assistant city economic development director.
Pearce said event parking has to include: easy in and easy out for vehicles; short shuttle bus routes; and short cycle times for buses.
According to event organizers, the 2017 Ohio Challenge generated an estimated direct economic impact of $2 million to $2.5 million.