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11/6/2018 3:20:00 PM
Grant adds splash to 170,000-square-foot community-sports center in Elkhart

Matthew Straw, Elkhart Truth

ELKHART — A donation from Indiana Michigan Power will boost development of downtown Elkhart’s new aquatics center, projected to open in June.

Representatives from Indiana Michigan Power, on behalf of the AEP Foundation, presented a check Monday for $300,000 to Mayor Tim Neese and Pete McCown, president of the Community Foundation of Elkhart County.

“The support from the AEP Foundation and Indiana Michigan Power will help bring the Elkhart community and surrounding areas together for a dedicated community space,” McCown said. “Overall, the complex will be one of the largest facilities in the country to offer aquatics, fitness and community engagement.” 

The grant will be used specifically for the development of the 6,000-square-foot community center, which will include a public atrium, meeting spaces, gymnasium, library and an outdoor patio overlooking the river, according to an AEP news release.

“This grant will give local businesses, schools and non-profit organizations a state-of-the-art space to serve the community of Elkhart,” said Toby Thomas, I&M president and chief operating officer.

McCown led reporters and representatives of the mayor’s office on a tour of the still-under-construction site – a $69 million project encompassing 170,000 square feet. It will include two racquetball courts, one of which will be convertible to a squash court, an indoor/outdoor running track, and two full-sized basketball courts in addition to the aquatics center.

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