WESTFIELD (Sept. 23, 2014) - They just cut the ribbon on Grand Park earlier this year, and now Westfield's new sports complex is already growing.
Tuesday they revealed plans for Grand Park Fieldhouse, a new privately-held indoor basketball and volleyball facility.
“Our intention is to make it the cutting edge indoor basketball-volleyball facility in the Midwest,” said Andy Card, the founder of Grand Park Fieldhouse.
“This is a dream come true for me to be able to run a facility like this,” said Rod Sinn, who will serve as VP of operations.
No doubt, it’s a huge park already- just last month the city council voted to lend more money to the project, which is already over budget. But Westfield's mayor says Tuesday's news is another sign that the project will be sustainable.
“What we told our doubting public is that we will show you a return on your investment,” said Mayor Andy Cook. “Our business plan is working.”
“The development coming into this area is incredible,” said Steve Henke of Henke Development Group. “We’re now seeing a lot more interest in all the hotels, restaurants and so forth.”
And the mayor says the new 56,000 square foot facility will be developed and paid for privately, with an estimated value of $6 million.
“It’s really exceeding our expectations,” said Henke. “We’re really excited about it.”
“We knew that the families would come, we’ve proven that,” said Mayor Cook. “It’s all coming together less than a year from opening so yes we feel very confident in our business plan.”
“We want the park to be year round,” said Henke. “We know it’s already occupied from March to October but now the seasonal significance now for hotels, restaurants other business is it becomes year round.”
The facility will feature six-full sized courts, locker rooms, offices and a café. Officials are hoping to break ground in April with an opening on target for January 2016.