MEDIA ADVISORY: Groundbreaking at Tolson, May 24

To celebrate the start of construction for the remarkable next chapter at the Tolson Center, the public is invited to mark this major milestone with a Groundbreaking Celebration on Tuesday, May 24 from 5-7pm. There will be free food, music, and a program at 6pm.

In early April 2022, the Tolson Transfer Ceremony marked the official transition from Tolson’s management by the City of Elkhart to the non-profit Tolson Center for Community Excellence.

While Tolson is closed for this expansion, the City’s Parks Department and Elkhart Community Schools are partnering with area organizations, offering a full schedule of summer programming for students, with more information at

Tolson has been operated by the City of Elkhart from its opening in 1991 until spring 2022. In this new chapter, the independent non-profit Tolson Center for Community Excellence is led by a fifteen-member board of directors, can receive tax-deductible donations, and is accountable directly to its constituents.

As Elkhart’s premier community center, Tolson will remain connected to the City as well as to many other entities across the region, placing a high value on collaboration with groups in Elkhart that empower people and connect communities.

For more information or to donate in honor of the Groundbreaking, visit or contact


Breanna D. Allen, Ed.D.
Executive Director

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