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Sportsplex fields booked solid for 2014; reservations for 2015 coming in

Updated: March 15, 2014 6:24AM



CROWN POINT — All the fields at the Sportsplex campus are booked solid from April until October and reservations for 2015 are beginning to come in.

“It’s everything we envisioned when we built the 95-acre campus,” Crown Point Mayor David Uran said.

The city’s Redevelopment Commission helped fund the multimillion-dollar construction of the Sportsplex campus in conjunction with grants from the Dean and Barbara White Foundation. Phase I and II at the complex included state-of-the-art football and soccer fields and the Legacy Fields adult softball complex.

Phase III, which includes complete renovations of the girls softball fields and improvements to the city’s little league fields, will be complete this spring.

Uran said he expects to have bookings at the sporting campus year-round upon the completion of the next phase of development, a 120,000-square-foot field sports dome. The public-private partnership between the city and SC Sports Group LLC is expected to begin in late spring and be complete in time for the winter season.

Jennie Burgess, parks director, said it can be difficult to think of summertime activities like picnics, swimming and baseball when you look outside and just see snow everywhere — but that has not stopped the phone from ringing.

“It’s been crazy,” she said.

The Board of Public Works and Safety authorized Burgess to update the parks department software that will allow for special event planning and scheduling. The software also will have an online registration component the department currently does not have.

Burgess said the updated software will better help the department track point-of-sale transactions at concession stands throughout the campus. The software upgrade is not expected to exceed $14,000.

“It’s the price of success,” Uran said.



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