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Ribbon cutting October 23 for new Horton Children's Center at Sunset Hill Park

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Porter County Parks & Recreation will more than double its educational programs and opportunities at Sunset Hill Farm County Park with the grand opening of the Horton Family Children’s Education Center.

The public is invited to a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new building at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23. Refreshments will be served.

“It has been a joy to watch the Horton Family Children’s Education Center be constructed for children and families in Porter County. It is a unique structure that honors the history of Sunset Hill Park, but at the same time, it is a state-of-the-art STEM learning center. We are so grateful to all the donors who believed in the mission of Porter County Parks and gave so generously to this project,” said Sharon Kish, vice-president of the Porter County Parks Foundation Board.

“Sunset Hill County Park has, for many years, needed a dedicated building to boost Porter County Parks’ education capacity and expand its capabilities,” said Tom Sanders, president of the Porter County Parks Foundation Board. “This innovative conversion of a new large grain storage structure into a modern education and activity facility not only allows Sunset Hill Park to remain identifiable with its agricultural past but also provides our park community a state-of-the-art facility into the future.”

Porter County Parks & Recreation is grateful for all of the individuals and organizations that have been a part of this journey and have offered support throughout the years.

“We are especially humbled by the support of our benefactors and donors who all shared in this vision, thus assuring that this structure would become an outstanding example of Porter County pride today and for future generations to come,” Sanders said. “We are especially thankful that no public funds were used in creating this wonderful community asset.”

The Horton Family Children’s Education Center is located off the main parking lot at Sunset Hill Farm County Park in Valparaiso. This facility will benefit the Porter County community by offering STEM-based and interactive programs.

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Posted 10/17/2019




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