August 12, 2021 / 

Hammond Boys & Girls Club formally dedicates new addition

 If the activity around the rock climbing wall is any indication, this community’s Boys & Girls Club will be a swinging place.

The nine-club organization formally dedicated the reopening of the Hammond club Tuesday. The $1.6 million project adds 1,600 square feet of usable space to the existing 13,500 square feet.

Ryan Smiley, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana, explained the project began with a $500,000 anonymous challenge donation. The city of Hammond donated $400,000 in 2020, and more donations came.

Smiley said this was the organization’s fifth building project since 2017.

Under general contractor CORE Construction of Schererville, the building project concluded in August 2020, after which the club reopened. The pandemic delayed the dedication.

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