CROWN POINT | City officials recently inked contracts to kick off work on enhancing youth league softball fields in the Crown Point sports complex.
Fencing work was awarded to Crown Point-based All Access for $223,491. The project includes installing fencing surrounding the youth softball venue and on softball fields within, city officials said.
Electrical work to light the playing fields was awarded to Sweeny Electric Co., of Merrillville, which submitted a bid of $653,170 for the project.
The work is part of an estimated $4 million third phase of improvements to the 95-acre city owned sports complex. It includes installation of four new youth-size playing fields, with one of the four to be designed with enhanced seating for tournament play.
A concession and restroom building and paved parking for up to 650 cars are included, along with improved lighting and the extension of Bulldog Boulevard to the area at the southern end of the complex.
The work is expected to be finished by the start of the 2014 girls league softball season. Older buildings and fencing on the fields had been taken down earlier this summer.
Initial work included two football/soccer fields made of artificial turf, and a second phase in which three adult-size softball fields were added, with accompanying parking, restroom and concession areas, improved road access and other amenities.
All three phases of work are expected to total an estimated $10.5 million, using funding from redevelopment dollars and other sources.
Griffith-based Austgen Equipment was awarded a $16,170 contract to clean brush and small trees from the south end of a ditch line running through the complex, which fronts on East North Street.
The contracts all were approved by the Crown Point Board of Public Works and Safety.