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