Frequently Asked Questions
When will the facility be open?
The facility will open July 18, 2019.
What is the fee for becoming a member of Beacon Health and Fitness?
Beacon currently operates two other Health & Fitness locations, one in Mishawaka and another in downtown South Bend. All memberships are the same cost at all facilities and all memberships entitle you to visit any of the three locations.
Monthly Membership Fees*
• Individual - $49
• Couple - $79**
• Family - $99***
One-Time Enrollment Fees
• Individual - $129
• Couple - $169**
• Family - $189***
*Requires a one-year contract.
**Couple is any two individuals living at the same address.
***Family is any two individuals living at the same address and any of their dependent children ages 13-22.
Corporate membership programs will be available in the summer of 2018. Consumer pre-sales will begin in the fall of 2018, offering significant discounts and incentives on the enrollment fees.
How can I find out more about what’s offered at Beacon Health and Fitness?
More details on babysitting, personal training, sports performance, and group classes can be found at their website www.elkharthealthandaquatics.org.
Is the building fully funded?
Yes! Over $70 million has been raised. If you still wish to make a donation visit www.elkhartcenter.com/contribute.
If I make a personal contribution to the building project, do I get a discount on my membership?
First we would like to say thank you for investing in the health and well-being of Elkhart! The answer is YES!, if you make a donation of at least $250, your enrollment fee will be waived. To donate visit www.elkhartcenter.com/contribute.
Is there a separate membership fee if I only want to use the pools?
Yes, there will be a separate aquatics membership. Learn to swim and other aquatics training is also be offered.
Will there be reduced fees for low-income families?
Beacon Health Systems operates the facility and the rates are the same for all of their facilities. The community commons space is open to the public for no fee. Also, one of the gymnasiums has specific times for open public access. The pool also has open swim times for the public. Reduced fees for full membership of low-income families would need to be supplemented via a financially supported sponsorship program by either a corporation, foundation or not-for-profit organization, as Beacon has already reduced their rates system-wide to be comparable to the prior YMCA fees — including what are much improved amenities.
What will the community space be used for?
The community gathering space is designed to welcome community members, as they enjoy the other features of the riverfront. It is designed to accommodate large crowds in attendance at amateur and high school regional aquatics competitions, and to support educational, civic and community programming. See the Elkhart Commons community calendar here.
Will this facility replace programming that was available at the YMCA?
While there may be programming that is the same or similar to the YMCA, especially in the area of swimming, the project was not designed to replace the YMCA. Community leaders worked to design a business model that would be sustainable over the long term, including a $10 million endowment that will contribute $500,000 annually to the operations of The Aquatics Center.
Will the Silver Sneakers program be offered?
The Beacon Health & Fitness locations in South Bend and Mishawaka do not currently accept Silver Sneakers and there are no plans for the Elkhart facility to do so. Beacon's business model includes system-wide reduced membership rates (effective 2015) which have received overwhelming community response. These rates do not support being able to afford the projected minimum annual loss of $100,000 per facility to operate Silver Sneakers and related discounted programs. For those interested in finding a facility that does accept Silver Sneakers, many options in the community do exist, including East Lake Fitness in Elkhart. We encourage you to explore an up-to-date list of those facilities by visiting www.silversneakers.com.
Will the facility have the Parkinson's Climb program?
Yes! All of the ‘Best Medicine’ programs, including the Parkinson’s Climb program will be offered in the Elkhart facility.
What is the Best Medicine program?
Best Medicine programs are fitness programs for individuals transitioning from or managing a medical condition, or possibly needing additional support to improve their level of physical activity. Physician referrals are required, but the programs are included in the Beacon Health & Fitness membership. Examples include: Arthritis Fitness, Parkinson’s Fitness, Cancer Yoga, Neurological Aquatic Fitness, and more. For a complete list visit the Beacon Health & Fitness website at www.beaconhealthandfitness.org.
How do I apply for a job at Elkhart Health and Aquatics?
Hiring for the Elkhart facility has begun. Visit https://www.beaconhealthsystem.org/careers/job-openings to see positions as they are available.
Visit https://www.beaconhealthsystem.org/beacon-health-fitness/faqs/ for more frequently asked questions.