CROWN POINT | A city water tower will get dusted off ahead of its debut at the center in the latest round of improvements to the city sports complex.
The Board of Public Works and Safety approved spending $14,500 Wednesday to cover the cost of power washing the tower and three other bulk water storage tanks in the city.
The water tower encircled by three newly installed softball fields at the complex is meant to serve as an icon for the nearly completed second phase of work at the complex on East North Street.
The adult softball fields, new concession and restrooms, improved parking and other amenities are set for formal dedication Aug. 1, officials said Wednesday. A gateway arch capping the improvements was to be installed this week.
The new fields are expected to eventually host league play and tournaments for teams from throughout the area.
The board approved hiring Michigan-based H2O Towers for the tower cleaning. The city's three water towers and one ground level tank were last cleaned about a decade ago, officials said
Officials Wednesday also kicked off the start of a third round of improvements planned for the sports complex by awarding a contract for preliminary work at the south end of the 95-acre park.
Griffith-based Austgen Equipment was the low bidder at $37,864 for work to demolish existing structures and prepare the site for excavation. Four new youth softball fields are planned to replace existing ones there. One of the four fields will be enhanced for tournament play.
Work is expected to start next month and be complete by the start of the 2014 girls softball season.
The third round of improvements is estimated to cost $4 million and will be paid with help from a $2 million matching grant pledged by local businessman and philanthropist Dean White, through his Dean and Barbara White Family Foundation.
The grant matches $2 million of city redevelopment dollars already committed to the project.
The first two rounds of improvements cost a total nearly $7.5 million, paid by a combination of redevelopment funding and other sources, and a total $3.1 million in matching funds from White.