The Collaboration


The Collaboration

A Unique Community Collaboration

  • The health center is an open two-story plan including an elevated running track circling over the gymnasiums. It will target 3,250 memberships by the third year of operations. Membership categories will be for individuals ($49/month), couples ($79/month) and families ($99/month).
  • The aquatics center will include a competition pool with diving well to support the Elkhart high school swimming programs and will host 8-16 regional competitions. It includes a recreational pool, a warm water therapy pool, and locker rooms for the high school programs and the public.
  • The community center will be available to the public and will include a gymnasium, large outdoor terrace, and multiple, flexible meeting rooms.
  • Playroom and drop-in child services will be available for members’ families.
  • Outdoor sports and fitness spaces will be available on the north side of the building facing the river.

The Sustainability Requirement

The prior Elkhart YMCA/EYCC was built with no endowment or long-term financial plan to maintain the facility. Thus, recurring maintenance and repair issues became unwieldy and impossible to cover with the declining membership.

The Elkhart Health Fitness Aquatics and Community Center has funded a $10MM endowment. This will annually contribute $500,000 towards the operations of the Aquatics Center, thereby ensuring the Center’s success and sustainability.

Please join us and make an investment into the health, wellness and connection of our community for generations to come.

Community Philanthropic Contributions (Partial)

This community collaboration includes a unique and solid base of private and public contributors. We are working on trial phases to raise funds within the community to achieve our 2017 funding goal so that we can break ground Spring 2017. 

Prior members of the Elkhart Youth Community Center (EYCC), local philanthropists, and the Community Foundation of Elkhart County are responsible for funding the aquatics center, community center, and endowment. Beacon Health System will fund the health and fitness center and they will operate the facility.



Thor Industries

Lippert Components

Patrick Industries

Dometic Corporation

Dave Carter & Associates


Dexter Axle

Crowe Horwath

Lake City Bank

Great Lakes Wood Products

Kem Krest


Sharon and Pete Liegl

Jack Boyd Smith Jr.

Abby and George Thomas

Jurate Krabill

Kimberlee and Scott Welch

Welter Foundation

Nancy and David Smith

Missy and Todd Cleveland

Bob Richardson

Lisa and Doug Gaeddert

Brotherson Family

Mary Pat and Bob Deputy

Bill Deputy Foundation

Karen and Jack Cittadine

David Weaver