Area rec projects get state funding

June 15, 2017

Three area recreational development projects with a projected 1.4 million through the state’s Regional Cities Initiative.

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. approved the allocations Tuesday for the Russel and Evelyn Fahl Aquatics Facility in Columbia City; the construction of the Fishing Line Trail in Noble County; and the expansion of the Kendallville Outdoor Recreation Center in Kendallville.

The 844,079 in state funding. The facility will feature more than 7,500 square feet of outdoor recreation space at the site of the former Burnworth Memorial Pool at 325 N. Wayne St. in Columbia City.

The facility will include a competition pool with six lanes, multiple water slides, a grassy area for picnics and other recreation, and a large, outdoor ice skating rink. Columbia City expects to break ground on the project in August, with completion expected in May.

The Fishing Line Trail is a part of northeast Indiana’s regional trail system and will consist of more than five miles of trails connecting Rome City to Kendallville.

The $1 million-plus trail will link the two communities to the region and several Noble County destinations, including the Gene Stratton-Porter state historic site, Sylvan Lake, East Noble Schools, the Kendallville YMCA and Bixler Lake.

A 1.25-mile trail segment was completed in July 2016, with plans to complete the final 3.78 miles by the fall of 2018. The trail will receive $171,500 in state funding.

The Kendallville Outdoor Recreation Complex, 524 S. Allen Chapel Road, will receive 2.38 million expansion. The complex is open to the public for recreational use year-round, hosting organized youth and adult leagues.

The complex expansion involves adding four youth ballfields, a concession building and a soccer field, and paving the parking lot. In addition, a mobile stage will be purchased for entertainment at the complex and throughout the city.

Construction is expected to begin this summer, with completion in 2018. The new ballfields are expected to be ready for spring 2019.