Downtown Elkhart seeing more changes, Christmas revelry

Christmas cheer can be found all around Elkhart County, including downtown Elkhart's Gateway Mile
Christmas cheer can be found all around Elkhart County, including downtown Elkhart’s Gateway Mile

By Terry T. Mark

Christmas is almost here, so what are we doing at the Elkhart County Visitor Center? Putting the wraps on some fabulous projects which will be a gift to all in 2017. We’re looking forward to a great year.

Change picking up pace in downtown Elkhart

Downtown Elkhart is looking at some major changes, between what’s already been announced this year and what is in the works for 2017.

It all starts, of course, with the enormous, world-class aquatics center coming to Jackson Boulevard at the Elkhart River, thanks to the efforts of the Community Foundation of Elkhart County and Beacon Health System.

But that’s only the tip of the iceberg, with developers proposing luxury apartment units, Mayor Tim Neese announcing that go-kart racing is returning to downtown streets next summer and a project to restore the former Hotel Elkhart receiving Regional Cities funding.

On the smaller scale, the streets and sidewalks have gotten some cosmetic and technological improvements through lighting, benches, traffic signals and decorative wraps on utility poles.

These kinds of projects can be expected to influence further development in downtown, particularly for a proposed ice sports facility and possible retail development.

Christmas hustle and bustle

Don’t let anyone fool you into thinking December is a time to slow down. Our communities come to life ahead of Christmas.

From concerts to plays to seeing gorgeous Christmas decorations and Christmas trees, the month of December will have plenty for all tastes. See our summary here and explore other fun activities at any time of year here.

Elkhart County shops are ready to help you wrap up your Christmas shopping online. Here’s our quick-start guide.

By The Numbers

$17,152.50

Amount the ECCVB will award to non-profits in 2017 to aid in their participation in the annual Elkhart County area guide, the publication that residents and visitors rely on for entertainment, dining and lodging options in the area.

Hot takes: The latest and the greatest


Terry T. Mark is the director of communications and public relations for the Elkhart County Convention and Visitors Bureau.


Comments are closed.