Westfield’s mayor says they’re building on Indianapolis’ reputation for amateur sports with a 400-acre ‘youth sports megaplex’ and a 220-acre multi-use development next door that promises plenty of family fun.
The city invested $42 million in the sports complex, and private companies are now building on that investment.
“We didn’t set out to build the largest sports park in America, but that’s what it ends up being. It’s what we’re trying to do, and that is, to diversify our tax base and to build on a $7.5 billion industry of family travel team sports,” said Westfield Mayor Andy Cook.
The plan for the sports complex is 26 baseball diamonds and 31 fields for soccer and other sports. Plus, the Indiana Soccer Association and the Indiana Bulls have signed onto the project. The promise is indoor fields so the complex can be used throughout the entire year.
“The private sector is definitely responding to our invitation,” said Cook. He is referring to the developments already taking shape around the land that has been leveled for the fields.
An assisted living facility is almost complete. Mainstreet Property Group out of Carmel is responsible for Wellbrooke of Westfield, which will open its doors in July.
Construction on Grand Park Village will start later this year.
“To create that activity and fun, you put a carousel on one end and a Ferris wheel on the other, and you can see you’re overlooking the lake,” said Steve Henke, president of Henke Development.
Henke is talking about a 15- to 20-acre lake that crews will soon start digging. A boardwalk lined with restaurants and shops will come next, along with dozens of apartments, town homes and some small homes.
“We have a lot of restaurants already expressing interest in going there, a bowling alley, a movie theatre, and a 36-hole miniature golf facility,” said Henke.
Henke said they are promising a lot of entertainment for families traveling with their young athletes and for people who want to live, work or enjoy some new activities in Westfield. It’s a plan that the mayor is confident will take shape.
“We see some six (thousand) to eight thousand jobs being provided around here. We see an economic development impact literally exceeding $1 billion,” said Cook.
The village construction will take at least eight years to fully develop, and the sports complex will open to the public next spring.