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Hammond Builds on Momentum with Sportsplex Groundbreaking

Monday, September 25, 2017

Hammond has been building momentum with a number of big local projects lately, and the latest leap forward was a groundbreaking in August for a massive sportsplex.

Officials broke ground for the Hammond Sportsplex and Community Center in mid-August, with newly-appointed Hammond Executive Director of Planning and Development Africa Tarver as well as Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott present to celebrate the start of the project.

The 135,000 sq. ft. facility will include six basketball, twelve volleyball courts, two regulation-sized indoor soccer fields that can double as an indoor baseball field, six indoor batting cages and an elevated walking track that can also be used for spectating. The facility will also feature a central section for community events.

That community space isn’t meant to compete with existing community centers though. As Tarver explains, "People use those places already, so I don't see that changing unless they have a bigger event and need more space," she said. "What we really see for the center is that it'll show people from out of the area the great educational places we have here, such as IU (Northwest) and Purdue (Northwest), and Calumet College, which are all great sports schools, too."

Mayor McDermott called this project “the most exciting project the city has currently.” The Sportsplex is expected to be completed by September of 2018.

More recently, Hammond announced another quality of place project. A $1.5 million plan to put a bike trail from the city’s downtown to the Grand Marquette Trail will offer both a nice trail and a way for walkers, runners and bikers to safely travel into the city. The completed trail will traverse South Hammond, Wolf Lake and loop through the Irving Park neighborhood.

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Karen Lauerman, President & CEO

Lake County Economic Alliance