The Elkhart Health & Aquatics Center opened its doors in July 2019 after much anticipation by swim communities both local and national. The state-of- the-art, 171,000-square-foot facility houses an Olympic-size pool along with an additional warm-water therapy/instructional pool and a whirlpool. The Stretch 50 pool has two moveable bulkheads, a full-size diving well with 1- and 3-meter springboards, platform diving and spectator seating for 1,200. The $72 million facility became the third health and fitness center added to
the Beacon Health System network.
Collaboration was the key to success at this massive aquatics facility in Elkhart. Initially the facility was intended to replace the former YMCA
of Elkhart County and cost $32 million. However, as the facility grew in scale and cost, the need for partnerships became even more critical. The Indiana Economic Development Corporation provided a Regional Cities grant, while the Community Foundation of Elkhart County, Beacon, ECS and the philanthropic people of the Elkhart community helped make this project a reality, as well. Elkhart Community Schools swim teams and students will use the pools instead of having them swim at independent schools.