LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The City of Lafayette and the Lafayette Board of Parks & Recreation announced this week that construction of an “all-inclusive” sports field at CAT Park will begin shortly.
According to Parks & Rec, the park extension will include a new sports field for all abilities with rubber flooring, two shelters, a covered announcement booth, a scoreboard and spectator seats.
The cast-in rubber flooring is ADA-compliant in order to enable the participation of park visitors with all physical abilities. The new parking lot will be able to host baseball, softball, soccer and other sporting events.
Future amenities of the field include concession rooms, toilets, batting cage, hardsc -ing, landsc -ing, and awning, according to the published statement by Parks & Rec.
“The City of Lafayette is delighted to provide our Parks Department at CAT Park with a field for all abilities,” said Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski of Parks and Recreation. “With support from local businesses and CDBG funds, this playing field will be accessible to those who want to experience the joy of playing a sport on a custom playing field to suit their abilities. We look forward to sharing wonderful moments with family and friends with children of all ages on this new playing field. “
The planned construction of this field is made possible by the collaboration between the Lafayette Parks Department, Wessler Engineering, Inc., Keystone Architecture and Kettelhut Construction, Inc.
Several previous construction projects were completed by Lafayette Parks & Recreation at Columbian Park. The newly renovated Loeb Stadium reopened last -ril and the drainage, construction and refilling of the Columbian Park lagoon were completed in the summer of 2021. Future projects in the park include opening a carousel in the park sometime in 2022.
The public tender for the upcoming sports field project will open during the meeting of the Lafayette Board of Public Works and Safety on November 23, 2021.