CROWN POINT — Mayor David Uran is bullish on a new development coming to the city this summer.
Bulldog Park is being developed on a two-acre site along West Street next to Wheeler Middle School.
The mayor is clearly excited about its potential.
“It’s a $10 million project that has numerous amenities,” he said.
The park, which is just off the downtown square, boasts a two-story, multi-function event center, an Olympic-sized ice rink, splash pads and an amphitheater/bandshell that can accommodate 1,500 people for concerts and theater performances.
The ice rink would be a controlled atmosphere that would allow for hockey as well as skating.
“Imagine going to a hockey game in downtown Crown Point,” Uran said.
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The first structure to be built on the site is the event center/resource building. Come summer, activities at the Civic Center on South East Street will be moved to the new building. That structure also will house the Crown Point Special Events and Parks Department offices.
Crown Point hosts numerous festivals spring through fall, and those will be shifted over to Bulldog Park. It will also be home to the Thursday night car cruises.
The move means the city will no longer have to close downtown streets to accommodate the festival crowds. Uran said there will be plenty of parking, and a south lot will provide three times as much parking for the event center as the Civic Center. Additional parking could possibly be available at the Wheeler Middle School parking lot.
Uran is excited about the project’s potential.
“This will draw not only Crown Point residents, but people from across Northwest Indiana,” he said.