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Horton Children's Center: 'Grain bin' project gets a name

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Representatives from 1st Source Bank presented the Porter County Park Board at its meeting Thursday with a check for $5,000 to be put toward phase one costs for the new grain bin education center at Sunset Hill Farm Park.

Parks Superintendent Walter Lenckos said the donation from 1st Source was the gift that put the project over its funding goal.

In recognition of meeting the goal, Porter County Parks Foundation President Bryan Waisanen praised the collaboration between nonprofits, individuals, government agencies, and businesses that brought in enough money for the project. “We couldn’t be more grateful to them and all our other donors,” he said. The Foundation then presented the Board with a check for phase one of the project.

The Board also picked a name for the soon-to-be new building--the Horton Children’s Center.

Board President Craig Kenworthy asked if the Board was ready to discuss and decide on a name. Member Drew Armstrong said, “I felt it was important to have children in it because that’s an indicator of who we’re doing it for--for future generations of Porter County.”

Armstrong said he had heard the phrase “children’s education center” and “children’s enrichment center” thrown around, and he liked both.

Board Vice-president Rich Hudson, for his part, said now was the appropriate time to name a building after the Horton Family. The Board agreed, voting unanimously to adopt “Horton’s Children’s Center” as the official name for the grain bin. Chris Richardson was absent.

Lenckos said the Horton Family donated $100,000 toward the education center project about 15 years ago. The project has been in the works for that long and then some, and the Board and Foundation have spent that time raising funds and soliciting donations, so no taxpayer dollars have to be spent on the construction.

In other building news, Lenckos reported bids for the project will be opened Monday. Steel for the silo-style building is not at Sunset Hill yet but has been delivered to Chester Inc., which designed the structure and bid package.

“The bin is in town,” Lenckos said. The steel will be put on-site once construction fencing is up.


Posted 10/9/2018




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