Board Presented with Plans for World Sports Park
The Indianapolis Board of Public Works heard a presentation Wednesday on the World Sports Park, the cricket and multi-sport fields planned for an existing park east of downtown.
The World Sports Park would hold two cricket fields, and three gaelic fields, and would be unique in the U.S. Along with cricket, the fields could host soccer, lacrosse, rugby, and field hockey.
Plans call for the fields, located on South Post Road near Brookville Road, to meet international and NCAA standards to be able to host sanctioned events. The park would also include a 1.28 mile walking/biking trail, rest stations, a concessions pavilion, the existing playground, basketball court, and cultural center that is often rented for weddings and other events. The $5.8 million cost would be paid for with Rebuild Indy funds. A public-private partnership would be developed to maintain the fields, with costs estimated at $200-250 thousand per year.
The fields would be surrounded by berms for natural stadium seating, similar to the outfield at Victory Field. Board members John Charleston and Neil Bloede had several questions on the funding, and need for the fields over other needs in the city, such as more sidewalks and road repairs. Board member Dennis Rosebrough stated he saw the economic development potential in the unique sports fields.
The Parks Department, and design engineers Crawford, Murphy and Tilly, will continue to develop a business plan and present more details to the Board of Public Works at a later date.