“I just thought that in my vision of Hendricks County, that’s an area that needs some growth and I just think that this type of facility is needed,” he said. “We’ll eventually have basketball, indoor soccer, and I’m wanting to have something go on for young people who want to do ballet, gymnastics, have a balance beam, and stuff they’re not currently getting.
“The argument for it is that it’s providing a unique service to the community that no other facility offers, at least at this time. The project was approved in January of this past year, but it’s been sputtering for a couple years now. We’re having some very good input and it’ll be a very large facility.”
Brownsburg Town Manager Grant Kleinhenz said the facility could end up being a good complement to the town.
“I know from the town’s perspective, we see it as a supplement to our community programming,” he said. “We’re glad to see it there as it is something that will bring new interest to the community and, in the end, will benefit Brownsburg and the parks department.”
Kleinhenz said the facility could be a huge boon to local businesses, if it’s capable of hosting sporting events that might bring people in from out of town. He said local restaurants and hotels probably stand to gain the most from the sports center’s existence.
Part of the original plans called for a concession area for alcohol sales, as well as a commitment that no games would be scheduled after 10 p.m. Plans also call for an 800-foot natural border around the property’s north side.