WESTFIELD, Ind. (February 22, 2016) – In just their second year of operation, the Grand Park in Westfield released their 2015 economic impact report and officials are reporting that revenue doubled from $66.4 million in 2014 to $147.7 million in 2015.
Among the metrics covered in the report are visitor spending, which increased from $43.9 million in 2014 to $97.2 million in 2015, and the park’s impact on the state’s sales tax revenues, from $2.8 million in 2014 to $6.2 million in 2015.
“It’s validating to see the results of this economic analysis completed by independent research firm, Applied Economics. We always strive to continuously improve and this shows us that we’re heading in the right direction,” said Westfield Mayor Andy Cook.
Grand Park, located at 771 East 191st Street, hosted nearly one million unique visitors at the park in 2015 for tournaments and events, which amounted to 1.5 million total visits/impressions. In addition the park was responsible for 61,970 hotel room nights throughout the central Indiana region.
While travel tournaments were the primary draw for visitors to Grand Park, a large number of local youth athletes also used the fields on a regular basis. Last year, 1,438 local kids participated in baseball, softball, football and lacrosse through Westfield Youth Sports (WYSI) and over 1,000 local kids played soccer at Grand Park through Indiana Fire Juniors.
Starting this spring, Westfield Youth Soccer Association (WYSA) will move their recreational soccer program to the newly added recreational fields, which will give an additional 1,500 local youth the opportunity to play at Grand Park.