Hyte Center Now Named After Booker T. Washington

The Terre Haute Parks and Recreation Board already has organizations hoping to occupy the newly renamed Booker T. Washington Park Community Center.

The Terre Haute Parks and Recreation Board is still reviewing two proposals submitted by organizations hoping to occupy the former Charles T. Hyte Community Center. The center has been officially renamed the Booker T. Washington Park Community Center. Terre Haute communications director Peter Ciancone says the board is now required by statute to fully review the two proposals that came in before they can accept any additional proposals.

One of the two proposals was submitted by a fledgling non-profit group called “Seed Dream.” The other was submitted by an alliance of five social service agencies, including Chances for Indiana Youth, Friends of Families, the Minority Health Coalition of Vigo County, Community Alliance and Service for Young Children, and the local chapter of the NAACP. That proposal was assembled by Chances for Indiana Youth executive director Brandon Halleck. Halleck says the first priority of any new lessee for the community center should be to keep its open gym up and running. But he says the sky’s the limit with additional programming on top of that.

Halleck says he doesn’t expect to hear a final decision from the parks board for another two or three weeks. Ciancone says the board is hoping to get a new tenant in the community center as soon as possible.

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