Grand expansion includes more sports and a hotel
Grand Park in Westfield is going to get even bigger. Private developers are planning a 56,000-square-foot facility − Grand Park Fieldhouse − offering year-round basketball and volleyball.

The Fieldhouse will include six courts, locker rooms and a café. Ground breaking is planned for spring, with opening in January 2016.

“There is strong demand for this type of facility, and it would allow Hamilton County to attract even more basketball and volleyball tournaments year round,” said William Knox, Hamilton County Sports Authority director.

Fieldhouse owners estimate the facility would create 100 jobs and brings tens of millions of dollars for the local economy. To accommodate all those teams and visitors to the complex, a Cambria Suites hotel will be built along 186th Street across from the sports campus. Ground breaking for the $17 million, 150-room hotel is expected this spring. It will include about 5,000-square-feet of meeting space and a full-service restaurant with indoor and outdoor dining. This will be only the second hotel in Westfield. The other is Holiday Inn Express (formerly Rodeway Inn & Suites). These new developments join the Grand Park expansion with the new indoor facility.

Achievement honors for sports complex
Accolades for Westfield’s Grand Park keep coming. The park received an achievement award for Real Estate Development during the 2014 Monumental Awards announced in November. Presented by the Indy Chamber, the annual awards recognize individuals and businesses that contribute to excellence in architecture, interior design, neighborhood revitalization, engineering, construction and public art throughout the region.

Earlier this week the city of Westfield was been chosen as the recipient of a 2014 Awards of Excellence Award from the Indiana Park and Recreation Association (IPRA). Each year, IPRA presents the awards to individuals and agencies across Indiana to honor their efforts - both personally and professionally in the field of Parks and Recreation.

“We are thrilled to receive this recognition for Grand Park,” Mayor Andy Cook said. “The impact the park is bringing to Westfield and the surrounding communities is already being felt. We are excited about what we’ve been able to accomplish and what the future holds for Grand Park.”

Sluggers select Hamilton County for World Series
The 2015 National Softball Association North World Series is coming to Hamilton County in July. The Louisville Sluggers Girl’s Fast Pitch tournament will bring more than 4,000 coaches and players and even more fans to Hamilton County, July 20-26. The event comes to Hamilton County after taking place in northern Indiana in 2014. Teams will play on fields in Westfield, Noblesville and Fishers and will stay in more than 20 area hotels.

Sports Summit brings together industry leaders
The annual Sports Summit, hosted by the Hamilton County Sports Authority, drew about 75 people who work in sports, health and wellness and sports tourism from around the area. While they were at the event to network, they also were there to learn from Amie Peele Carter, an intellectual property and sports lawyer at Faegre Baker Daniels, who talked about legal trends in sport. Among the hot topics, knowing when it’s OK to photograph fans and athletes at sporting events and when waivers are required, keeping volunteers safe at sporting events and handling social media.

The goal of the annual event is to engage the sports industry, including clubs, facility owners, hoteliers and partners, who all work together to make sports tourism so successful in Hamilton County.