Fort Wayne To Get First Gym

A rendering depicts the redeveloped West Campus of Electric Works at dusk.

Sport Wayne Inc. has signed a letter of intent to design and open Fort Wayne, Indiana’s first climbing gym, named Rush Rock Gym.

Rush Rock Gym will include about 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 (moving quickly through an area), 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, according to the statement.

“The building is perfect; it looks like it was built for climbing,” says Corey Ford, president and CEO of Sport Wayne Inc., currently at 327 E. Wayne St., 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.”

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