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Sport Wayne to build climbing gym and adventure park at Electric Works

January 15th, 2019

Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly

The organization behind the Fort Wayne Adventure Games will build a year-round state-of-the-art climbing gym and adventure park at Electric Works.

Sport Wayne Inc. has signed a letter of intent to design and open the facility, named Rush Rock Gym. It will also include the 4-year-old organization’s headquarters and administrative operations in the former Building 36 on the western edge of the development’s West Campus.

RTM Ventures, the partnership redeveloping the former General Electric complex on Broadway, wants to create office, education, retail, residential, hotel and entertainment space on 39 acres in 18 historic buildings in Phase 1 of the project on the west side of the complex. Developing both sides of the Broadway campus will cost $440 million.

“The building is perfect; it looks like it was built for climbing,” says Corey Ford, president and CEO of Sport Wayne Inc., currently at 327 E. Wayne St., in a statement. “We love the space in the building, the location near downtown and the energy surrounding the development – it’s an ideal fit in every way.”

Rush Rock Gym will include about 30,000 square feet of climbing space, with an Olympic-sized speed climbing wall, an adventure zone for youth, and dedicated space for bouldering, parkour (moving quickly through an area), rappelling and zip lines. It will also feature the first deep net soloing wall in the United States – enabling it to host regional and national climbing competitions and exhibitions – as well as an all-abilities/adaptive climbing space for climbers with physical, sensory or cognitive disabilities. Upon completion, it’s expected to be one of the largest climbing gyms in the state of Indiana, according to the statement.

“Health and wellness are core parts of the community vision for Electric Works, and Sport Wayne’s presence will be important in promoting recreation, fitness, and play on the campus and throughout the region,” said Jeff Kingsbury of RTM Ventures, the development team behind Electric Works, in a news release. “The facility and its unique setting within Electric Works will also be a regional and national draw for climbers, while complementing other downtown quality of place amenities like the riverfront.”

Fort Wayne is in the midst of developing its riverfront. Phase I construction of Promenade Park is underway on the south and north banks of the St. Marys River between Harrison Street and the Historic Wells Street Bridge. It’s expected to open next summer.

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