WESTFIELD, Ind. (June 20, 2014)— Westfield’s Grand Park officially opens to the public this weekend. People who want to check out the $45 million sports complex are invited for three days of concerts, food, free Ferris wheel rides and sporting events.
“We’re really excited to welcome people to their Grand Park. This was really constructed for the local community. We wanted to make sure that Westfield youth athletes had a place to play. There’s also ten plus miles of paved trails throughout the park, so many other people of different interests can enjoy the park as a piece of green space,” said Michelle Krcmery, the marketing manager for Grand Park.
The long-awaited project had a soft open in March and has already hosted hundreds of visitors. Organizers estimate 1.5 million people will visit the park in its first year.
“We just wanted people to come and see what it’s all about,” Krcmery said. “This is really our first opportunity to invite the community here to see it.”
Friday evening the park will host a concert by Dave and Rae at 6 p.m. Saturday there will be a Hoosier Lacrosse tournament all day, concerts by Circle City Royal and The Wright Brothers at night and fireworks at 10 p.m. The official ribbon cutting is also set for Saturday at 2 p.m. Gov. Mike Pence is expected to be part of the ceremony.
Sunday morning runners and walkers can take part in the 5k around the facility at 8 a.m.
The economic development surrounding Grand Park is the next phase for Westfield, Krcmery explained. There are about 1,400 acres of land available for commercial and residential use.
“The goal is to create a hospitality industry for Westfield and we’re already seeing that happen. There’s a lot of interest from hoteliers, restaurants. We’re going to have some really exciting announcements very soon,” said Krcmery.