Plans for Special Olympics training center moving forward

2013-07-20T17:15:00Z 2013-07-22T00:26:08Z Plans for Special Olympics training center moving forwardSusan Erler susan.erler@nwi.com, (219) 662-5336 nwitimes.com

CROWN POINT | Plans for a Special Olympics training center in Crown Point are back on track after being approved by state fire officials, project organizers said.

"We got the sign-off from the (Indiana) fire marshal," said Margot Sabato, executive director of South Lake County Community Services, which coordinates the Special Olympics Lake County program.

A budget detailing costs of the planned build-out is being prepared, Sabato said. Funds will be raised to cover the expense.

No cost estimate for the work was available. A time line for the work has not yet been determined, Sabato said.

Appeals for funds will be made to private donors and local foundations, Sabato said. Grant money also will be sought.

The training center is planned inside an existing building at the intersection of U.S. 231 and 113th Avenue in Crown Point. The structure's exterior had been rebuilt by late last year after the roof collapsed in a 2011 blizzard.

The building had not yet been put to use as a training center and was empty when 20 inches of snow fell on it. Nobody was hurt.

A full-size basketball court and other amenities are planned for the training center. Plans are to stock the gym with as many as 20 donated fitness machines and to install lockers, shower rooms, a snack bar and meeting rooms.

Tri-Creek School Corp. donated a wooden basketball floor and baskets.

More than 400 Special Olympians are registered with the Lake County program, part of a worldwide system aimed at providing year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with developmental disabilities.

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