Dunes Event Center at Clear Lake receives $220,000 state grant for more improvements

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The City of LaPorte has been awarded a $220,000 Destination Development Grant through the Indiana Office of Tourism Development to support enhancements to the Dunes Event Center. Located in NewPorte Landing, the former site of the city’s one-time largest industrial employer, Allis-Chalmers, NewPorte Landing’s renewal as a commercial and recreational hub in the center of the city is set to transform the community.

“The Dunes Event Center brings families from all over the Midwest to a formerly neglected corner of our city, serving as a catalyst in the redevelopment of NewPorte Landing as a destination for recreation and healthy living,” said Beth Shrader, LaPorte’s Director of Community Development & Planning. “As the city continues to invest in the remediation and redevelopment of the former industrial area, we are thrilled to have partners like the Dunes Event Center, the Healthcare Foundation of LaPorte, the Indiana Office of Tourism Development, and the LaPorte County Convention and Visitors Bureau that share our vision for reclaiming Clear Lake as a hub for outdoor recreation for LaPorte residents and visitors alike.”

Besides hosting regular visits by club teams for practices, the center is hosting 20-plus multi-day events in 2019, drawing 300-1,500 people from throughout the Midwest for each event.

“The Convention and Visitors Bureau is excited to be part of the partnership,” said Jack Arnett, Executive Director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Dunes Volleyball has already demonstrated that they can move the needle when it comes to hotel room occupancy, and this grant will allow them to expand upon that, continuing to drive up the economic impact of this project.”

Besides the current facility located at the southeast side of Clear Lake, planned site improvements will make it possible to expand beyond volleyball to host other large events such as basketball, soccer and beach volleyball tournaments, as well as auctions and running and cycling races.

The total project cost is estimated to be $830,089 and includes upgrading the event space with signage, landscape and parking, and linking visitors to trails, parks, retail, restaurants, and the Clear Lake waterfront. The improvements will secure the Dunes Event Center as a premier destination statewide for large-scale indoor sports tournaments, recreational sports camps and club sports.

The newly constructed Dunes Event Center is already drawing visitors into LaPorte, but the impact of the proposed site improvements will help those visitors explore all that La Porte has to offer. The project will be complete before the end of summer 2020.

For more information, contact LEAP at (219) 324-8584 or angelar@laportepartnership.com.

10 Responses to “Dunes Event Center at Clear Lake receives $220,000 state grant for more improvements”

  1. Jeff

    May 09. 2019

    Still not enough parking by this picture. Somebody needs to wake up and do a better parking study. When dunes has something going on I guess the public won’t be able to use that end of the lake.

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  2. Chuka

    May 09. 2019

    What a wonderful enhancement to the area surrounding the Dunes. Bringing more people into town is great for all local businesses!

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  3. Parent

    May 09. 2019

    Don’t worry they will still park in the gravel parking lot even though Dunes does not own this. The volleyball games bring at least 150 cars ever tournament if not more. The facility itself is not big enough for the club volleyball.

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  4. Dan in LP

    May 09. 2019

    Good news. There is a lot of money in these types of venues for our community via hotels, restaurants, etc. Take just one visit the Courts in Valpo, Zone in Plymouth, or Legacy Courts in Lafayette and you will see the amount of kids participating and parents attending basketball tournaments. This can be much bigger than a volleyball Mecca if they want it to be. Potential for indoor soccer as well?! This could be huge!

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  5. MAD

    May 09. 2019

    La Porte City Council, or whoever is responsible for this, absolutely screwed this up by disconnecting Hoelocker Dr and Clear Lake Blvd…I’ve lived here my entire life and never seen such stupidity.
    It looks like one big unfinished project, it’s disgusting.
    …and what was done to Clear Lake Blvd makes no sense.
    I avoid the area…what a shame.

    This is improvement??

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    • Capital Letters make me feel right.

      Jun 18. 2019

      That’s becasue it is an unfinished project. They just showed you more of the plan to make it finished. Have some patience.

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  6. lawman

    May 09. 2019

    at least this is one area were the roads are actually smooth enough for bicycling without blowing a tire-try a ride down 18th street!!!! but all is in hand-they put up ”rough pavement” signs a couple of years ago.

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  7. Julie Kessler

    May 11. 2019

    Great to see NewPorte Landing being further developed. Attractive event space is a draw, as seen in other communities. While frustration with badly weathered roads is understandable, bringing more revenue into the city can mean more funding for fixing more roads faster. I also like the option of navigating to and from businesses without having to wait and zip into traffic to get back onto Pine Lake Avenue.

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  8. Adam

    May 11. 2019

    It is great LaPorte is taking steps to help the local economy and making LP look better in the process. I feel like I need to say good job. It’s rough reading the negative comments here. Thank you, city and state employees for the many hours put in to planning and developing NewPorte Landing!

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  9. Dirk Diggler

    May 12. 2019

    So how much is the local tax base psying? What is the ROI? IF THE ROI not met will those elected officials claim responsibility and repay the amount to the tax base? There has to be a way to show what the benefit is to the local populace. I mean not everyone, actually very few per capita that plays or watches sports.

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