HAMMOND — Crews are maintaining an aggressive construction schedule to complete the $17 million sports complex and community center being built at the site of the former Woodmar Mall.
Africa Tarver, executive director for planning and development for the city, said the project could be on pace for an early fall completion.
“There’s a lot already under roof,” she said of the 135,000-square-foot construction at 6630 Indianapolis Blvd.
The complex will feature six basketball courts, 12 volleyball courts, two regulation-size indoor soccer fields and six batting cages. It also has an upper level track that can be used for running or walking or to observe sporting events taking place on the lower level.
The development will also contain a community room that can host city events, along with a concession area, general offices and restrooms/changing rooms.
Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. envisions the complex as a host site for amateur volleyball, basketball and soccer tournaments.
To that end, Tarver said the city has someone working now to get the word out about the complex and to make contacts for possible bookings.
Completion of the Woodmar facility will bring to two the number of major sportsplexes in Lake County: Hammond and Crown Point.
“It speaks well to regional collaboration,” Tarver said.
City officials are hoping large numbers of people drawn in through amateur sporting tournaments at the facility will prompt additional activity at existing businesses as well as lead to the development of new restaurants and hotels nearby.
Its benefits are not limited to Hammond, Tarver said.
“I think it will be a positive for families and teens from around the Region. It is great for economic development.”