CROWN POINT | With plans finalized for the dedication of the second phase of the sportsplex today, the Crown Point Board of Public Works and Safety on Wednesday approved a contract to kick off the third phase of the project.
The board approved a contract by Austgen Equipment, of Lowell, for $762,728. Austgen Equipment’s was the lowest and “most respectable” and complete bid received by the city, officials said.
The contract involves site excavation for the third phase of the sportsplex and placement of utility lines.
The second phase of the sportsplex is scheduled for dedication at 6:30 p.m. today. The first phase opened in 2011.
When completed, the 95-acre city-owned sports complex at 1313 North St. is expected to draw both sports-minded residents and revenue-generating tournaments to the city.
The city has a long-range plan to turn the site into a a multisport complex potentially unrivaled in the state, Crown Point Mayor David Uran has said.
The $7 million sportsplex is being funded through redevelopment dollars, revenue from the sale of city land and more than $3 million in private donations from the Dean and Barbara White Foundation. The Whites are Crown Point residents and local philanthropists.
The lighted and fenced complex features ample parking, two artificial turf playing fields for youth football and soccer/lacrosse and three softball fields designed for tournament play.