PORTAGE, Ind. (AP)
- Work has begun on a resort in northwest Indiana that will include a lake,
campground and a 165,000-square-foot dome that will be used for sporting
ground-breaking was held Tuesday in Portage, about 40 miles southeast of
Chicago, for the $75 million resort that developer Tony Czapla hopes will
eventually include a 150-room hotel, indoor drive-in movie theater and an
indoor water park, as well as two smaller domes.
Czapla said he
hopes the Catalyst Lifestyles Sports Resort will attract about 350,000
visitors annually, bringing in about $60 million a year into the area’s
economy. Czapla previously had proposed building the facility in Hobart and
“We’ve been at this
for a long time,” Czapla choked back tears as he spoke to about 150 people
executive director of Indiana Dunes Tourism, said Czapla first came to her
with the concept of a sport resort in 2010.
“It’s exciting to
see it come to reality,” she said. “Each attraction is unique and can drive
visitors on their own, this is enhancing the area as a family destination
attorney for the sports resort, said excavation for the lake will begin as
soon as the ground dries out. The lake will also be home to an island that
will include two adventure climbing towers.
Czapla said he
hopes the lake, campground, and large sports dome will be completed by the
end of the year, with an opening set for 2017. The development will be on
about 160 acres straddling the Burns Waterway.