Bike trail proposed in Crown Point sports complex

2013-10-07T17:52:00Z 2013-10-07T23:56:09Z Bike trail proposed in Crown Point sports complexSusan Erler susan.erler@nwi.com, (219) 662-5336 nwitimes.com
October 07, 2013 5:52 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | Plans are taking shape for a bike trail in the city owned sports complex.

The bike path proposed for the far west side of the complex could eventually tie into other bike routes in the city and surrounding areas and would enhance plans to encourage walking and biking within the 95-acre sports complex.

"We've talked about the complex having connectability," Mayor David Uran said. "This will be part of that."

City officials approved spending $2,500 on title acquisition work.

The complex which fronts on East North Street and extends south to 113th Avenue is home to playing fields for youth football, soccer, lacrosse and softball and for adult softball.

Walking trails are proposed to wind through the complex, including along a narrow waterway that cuts north-south through part of the park, Uran said.

The proposed bike trail could extend west to near Indiana Avenue and North Street, and south to near 113th Avenue and Joliet Street.

Nearby bike trails include the Erie Lackwanna, which runs between Hammond and Crown Point, and the Veterans Memorial Trail to be built on the abandoned Pennsylvania Railroad corridor from Crown Point to Hebron.

Plans for the sports complex bike trail are in early phases and details are not yet available.

In a series of completed and ongoing improvement projects at the sports complex, two fields for football, soccer and lacrosse have been built with artificial turf and amenities; three new youth and adult sized softball playing fields have been built and girls softball fields are being rebuilt.

Interior roads and parking lots have been improved and new concession and bathroom facilities were built.

All the costs are expected to total an estimated $10.5 million, using redevelopment dollars and other sources of funding.

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