Imagine a Place

Community Wellness Center & YMCA

What if...

What if you could visit a vibrant state-of-the-art facility where hundreds of people gather alongside neighbors every single day, take your kids to learn how to swim, choose from dozens of exercise classes or work out on the latest fitness equipment, and host community events or private gatherings at an accommodating central space?

The dream for a Community Wellness Center serving those in rural Peoria, Knox and Fulton Counties is one step closer to becoming a reality. With the first phase of funding secured through a federal grant, the Elmwood Community Foundation has now kicked off the capital campaign to raise money for the remainder of the project. The goal is to have a facility with amenities that engage our neighbors, attracts people to move to our communities, and supports a positive business climate.

Anticipated Services


  • Learn to Swim Programs
  • Water Aerobics



  • Teens and Tweens Events
  • Birthday Parties
  • Collaborations with Graham Medical Group for Physical Therapy & Cardiac Rehab Services



  • Before & After School Enrichment Programs


Health & Athletics

  • 20-30 Group Exercise classes per week
  • Adult Volleyball & Basketball Leagues
  • Corporate Wellness Programs
  • Group Exercise Classes
  • Weight Management & Healthy Eating Classes
  • Personal Training
  • Pickleball



  • Social Activities
  • Group Exercise Programs focused on stability, balance, strength, and endurance
  • Silver Sneakers & Renew Active


Youth Programs

  • Healthy Kids Day
  • Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball, Flag Football
  • Martial Arts
  • Teen Leaders Club
  • Youth & Government Programs
  • Summer Day Camp


Regional Impact

Targeted rural communities in Peoria, Knox and Fulton Counties will benefit from the following substantial positive eceonomic impact*

$67,230,000 regional economic impact from construction through it's first decade of operation

$18,600,000 regional economic impact during facility construction

$4,863,000 annual regional economic impact once operational

50 new jobs in region

*Based on report produced by Zach Kennedy, CED Specialist, Illinois Extension with support from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) through the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign EDA University Center.


ECF has turned to two local prominent leaders in health and wellness services to be our partners

Greater Peoria Family YMCA
The Greater Peoria Family YMCA has been serving the region since 1862 and will be ECF’s operations partner. The Y is a cause-driven, mission-based nonprofit charity focused on building a healthy spirit, mind and body FOR ALL, regardless of age, income or background.

The Y serves:

  • 8,700 individuals annually
  • 22% being 18 and younger

“This state-of-the-art regional wellness center will provide everyone in the region affordable access to quality wellness services for decades.”

– Andy Thornton, Greater Peoria
Family YMCA President & CEO

Graham Health Systems
Graham Health Systems will create program synergy with expanded services to it’s campus. This includes a multi-specialty medical practice in a state-of-the-art medical facility with access to:

  • Primary Care
  • General Surgery
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Mental Health Services
  • Otolaryngology
  • Urology
  • Orthopedics
  • Podiatry
  • Other Specialties

“Our excitement, commitment and passion to see this project come to fruition has been ‘through the roof’.”

– Bob Senneff, Graham Health System President & CEO

Rooted in Research

YMCA rendering

12 communities in three states

1,100 members expected

2,600 households selected

the average respose rate

consulted with 12 towns

pro forma operations budget using national YMCA best practices