CROWN POINT | Renovated softball fields in the city-owned sports complex are expected to be ready for play by early May, officials said Wednesday.
Four youth-size softball playing fields at the southern end of the 95-acre complex are being reconstructed for use by girls softball and other league play.
Those fields and others in the complex have been fully booked for the 2014 season from May to October, officials said Wednesday.
The complex, in the 1300 block of East North Street, is planned to host games as part of the National Softball Association World Series in the last week of July, Parks Director Jennie Burgess said.
Regular season play includes girls softball and other league play throughout the week, with tournaments books on most weekends, Burgess said. Some of the tournaments attract up to 50 teams.
Soccer and lacrosse play is set to begin soon on artificial turf fields constructed in the first phase of work on the complex.
Three new softball fields were installed in a second phase of work in 2013 sized for adult play and designed to give the city an edge in luring tournaments.
Second phase construction concluded in late July last year just as work began on the third round of work, which included the four renovated softball fields, one designed with enhanced seating for tournament play.
All three projects were expected to total an estimated $10.5 million, including new concession and restroom building and enhanced parking, lighting and road access.
Funding is coming from redevelopment dollars and other sources.
A privately funded 120,000-square-foot indoor playing dome also has been proposed for the complex. An agreement approved by the city last year allows CS Sports Group to lease space in the complex for the dome, which could be used for softball, soccer, lacrosse and other activities.