Ballpark hits home run with Cities and Towns

2011-10-02T20:30:00Z 2011-10-02T22:20:11Z Ballpark hits home run with Cities and TownsBy Steve Zabroski Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
October 02, 2011 8:30 pm  • 

WHITING | The city has earned state honors for its new baseball field at Standard Diamonds Park.

Oil City Stadium received recognition from the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns with a 2011 Community Achievement Award. The award was announced last week.

Built at the site of the former Little League fields on east 119th Street, the brick stadium features grandstand and lawn seating for 1,100 people, concessions and a 30-foot scoreboard.

"It's an honor that the project was recognized by our peers in the state," Whiting Mayor Joe Stahura said. "We think it's pretty exciting."

Since opening in April, the stadium has been home to Whiting High School and Calumet College of St. Joseph teams. The center field wall is 403 feet from home plate.

"More than just a ball field, it's a community project which everyone can enjoy," Stahura said.

The facilities were designed by American Structurepoint Inc. and Context Design LLC, and built by Powers & Sons Construction Co.

No residential property taxes were used for the projects, which are funded through $19.4 million from the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority with a mix of industrial revenue bonds and other grants.

The stadium was built in conjunction with the $43 million Whiting Lakefront Park upgrade, which includes a two-tiered boardwalk along the Lake Michigan shoreline, a new boat harbor and connections to hiking and biking trails to downtown Chicago.

The IACT award, which honors communities for outstanding achievement and successful innovation in municipal government work, will be presented during the organization's annual conference from Oct. 9 through 11 in Indianapolis.

A panel of former municipal officials and government experts from the public and private sectors served as judges for the achievement award.

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