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Monday, August 8th, 2011 - 1:42 pm

PUC & Hammond to develop sports complex

The city of Hammond and Purdue Calumet are partnering in the development of an outdoor sports complex that will serve the university’s growing athletics program and city activities.

The multi-sports complex is to be located at Dowling Park in the city’s Hessville neighborhood. Plans call for the complex, when fully developed, to include a six-court tennis facility; full size, lighted soccer field with artificial turf; and regulation baseball and softball fields of natural surfaces.

The complex will be developed in phases, subject to available funding. The city has agreed to finance one-third of the cost; Purdue Calumet is responsible for the remainder through a combination of budgeted dollars and private fundraising efforts.

Phase one of development is the tennis facility. Development is contingent on Purdue Calumet’s ability to generate its share of the $625,000 cost. Fundraising is underway. Phase two features soccer field development. The baseball and softball fields are to be developed during phase three. Phase two and three cost figures have yet to be determined.

Complex development is in response to a Purdue Calumet intercollegiate athletic expansion plan to increase its program to 12 teams.

Proposed Dowling Park Multi-Sports Complex

Proposed Dowling Park Renovations

Proposed Dowling Park Renovations

Proposed Dowling Park Tennis Facility

Proposed Dowling Park Tennis Facility

Proposed Dowling Park Tennis Facility