Climbing gym and adventure park planned for Electric Works

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The organization behind the Fort Wayne Adventure Games will use a new permanent location at Electric Works to bring adventure to northeast Indiana year-round.

Sport Wayne Inc. has signed a letter of intent to design and open a sizable, state-of-the-art climbing gym and adventure park, named Rush Rock Gym, at Electric Works. The facility, which will also include the organization’s headquarters and administrative operations, will be located in the former Building 36 on the western edge of the development’s West Campus.

“The building is perfect; it looks like it was built for climbing,” Corey Ford, president and CEO of Sport Wayne Inc., said 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 approximately 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, 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.

Founded in 2014, Sport Wayne promotes recreational, youth and adaptive sports programs by providing unique engagement platforms and support services that connect athletes to new opportunities.

Electric Works is a mixed-use district of innovation, energy and culture, developed as a public/private partnership between RTM Ventures and the city of Fort Wayne. A redevelopment and reuse of the former General Electric campus in downtown Fort Wayne, Electric Works includes 39 acres, 18 historic buildings and more than 1.2 million square feet of space for office, educational, innovation, retail, residential, hotel and entertainment uses. For more information, visit the Electric Works website.

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