CROWN POINT | A system to provide wireless Internet to the city sports complex is being planned.
Spending of up to $20,000 was approved by the Redevelopment Commission to bring broadband capability to the 95-acre complex.
Making the park Wi-Fi accessible brings it in line with other similar, large venues, city officials said.
Proposals for the work will be sought by Adam Graper, who heads the city's information technology department.
Wi-Fi accessibility will aid the use of a new wireless phone system planned for all city departments and will enhance the capability for video surveillance of the park for security purposes, officials said
"If it can assist with security, I'm in favor of it," Redevelopment Commission member Keith Stevens said.
The addition would be the latest improvement to the complex between North Street on the north and 113th Avenue on the south.
Four new youth-size softball playing fields are being installed in the third phase of work, which began over the summer. One of the four fields will feature enhanced seating for tournament play. The work is expected to be finished by the start of the 2014 girls softball season.
Earlier projects included installing two football/soccer fields made of artificial turf and constructing three adult size softball fields, all with accompanying parking, restroom and concession buildings, 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.