Lake Station receives $18,000 grant to build playground at Field of Dreams

2012-07-03T19:39:00Z 2012-09-14T16:38:04Z Lake Station receives $18,000 grant to build playground at Field of DreamsBy Deborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

LAKE STATION | The city's Field of Dreams complex will soon sport a new playground and skate park, Mayor Keith Soderquist said.

Lake Station officials will be able to add the playground, and purchase the new equipment for it, thanks to a recent $18,000 grant from AT&T, Soderquist said.

In total, the cost to add the playground to the sports complex east of Four Winds Park will be approximately $22,000.

"The city will pitch in a few thousand dollars as well so we can have a nice playground area," Soderquist said.

Plans are to add the playground equipment, followed by the skate park, within the next 90 days.

The skate park will be built on a 100-feet square concrete pad off Marquette Road.

"We'll build it and the playground. It will be a huge enhancement," Soderquist said.

The Field of Dreams complex opened up for the first time this spring after two baseball fields were completed.

This year will mark the start of the first season the city has had its own sports complex. Lake Station Little League players in the past traveled to Hobart, Soderquist said.

The city's compost facility, formerly on the Field of Dreams site, was moved to a 10-acre city-owned site north of Interstate 80/94.

In addition to providing Lake Station's Little League with a home field, the complex will eventually accommodate other sports, including soccer, football and track.

Revenue for the project is coming from several sources, including an annual rental fee paid by AT&T for its cellular tower and rent from billboards on I-80/94.

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