When Merrillville turns 50 in 2021, the community could have more to celebrate than the anniversary of the municipality’s incorporation. It’s in that same year Merrillville plans to open its new community center on Broadway.
“So the timing could not be better,” Town Councilman Shawn Pettit said Friday during a groundbreaking ceremony at the community center site.
Pettit described the $24 million project as “a long time in coming” and “well overdue.” Town Manager Pat Reardon said he is excited for the construction of the building and the opportunity to make the center “a shining star in the community of Merrillville.”
The new facility, which will be about 90,000 square feet, will feature a gymnasium with three basketball courts and six volleyball courts. There will be a running track, fitness area, a rock climbing wall and open space in the structure. It also will include a multi-function event center that can be rented for weddings and other occasions. The event space can be divided into three separate rooms, and each of them will have ceiling-mounted projectors, screens and speaker systems.
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