Development Phases

Exterior view of gym, front entrance, with ESCC sign visible

We reached our Phase One funding goal of $200,000 in 2016.

The Eureka Springs Community Center Foundation will continue to seek community involvement with all of the major components of this project. Because this dialogue between the Foundation, area residents, the business community, and many others is ongoing, these phases and their construction components and costs are constantly evolving.

You can see where we are in each phase below. The project will move to completion as each fundraising goal is met.

Want to help us reach our fundraising goals for any or all phases?
Donate today or contact the Eureka Springs Community Center Foundation ( to discuss a targeted donation or fundraiser.

PHASE ONE – Funding Needed: $200,000

ENTER LEASE with the Eureka Springs School District

Community Center Building

  • Address roof problems and repair roof in lobby
  • Address mold issues in gym and restrooms
  • Renovate and open lobby restrooms
  • Update fire alarm system
  • Install security cameras

Old High School Building

  • Demolish structurally unsound structure in preparation for Outdoor Market Pavilion

Eureka Springs Trails System

  • Begin planning of perimeter walking trail

PHASE TWO – Funding Needed: $300,000-$500,000
In Process

Community Center Campus

  • Improve parking lot
  • Signage for all buildings

Community Center Building

  • Renovate and equip Fitness Center – completed
  • Paint gym
  • Repair flooring throughout
  • HVAC upgrades
  • Replace windows throughout
  • Repair/replace roof over former Band Room – completed
  • Renovate two meetings room and large activity room in former school band room - completed
  • Design barrier-free access to entire building
  • Landscape area around building

Before and after photo of former band room roof:

Bandroom Roof Before Bandroom Roof After Renovation

Splash Pad

  • Design approval, site preparation and complete construction - concept drawing completed, fundraising campaign beginning Spring 2023
Splash Pad Concept

Business Center

  • Finalize design and renovate Business Center – completed
  • Landscape area around building
  • Lease office space - 100% leased

Before and after photo of one of the Eureka Springs Business Center rooms below:

Business Center Before Business Center After

Eureka Springs Trails System

  • Complete work on Community Center Trail and add upgrades including construction of Trail Hub structure - Trail completed in December 2021. Trail Hub and trail upgrades to be completed.

PHASE THREE – Funding Needed: $600,000-$800,000
Future Development

Open Air Pavilion

  • Design Open Air Pavilion structure - concept drawing done
  • Seek funding to build permanent Open Air structure for Community Center classes, the weekly Eureka Springs Farmers Market and other organizations and individuals
Architectural Rendering open Air Pavilion
Concept drawing of open air pavilion

Community Center Activity Building

  • Complete all work on building

PHASE FOUR – Funding Needed: $300,000


  • In August 2021, the Eureka Springs School Board voted to release the former high school property to the Eureka Springs Community Center Foundation without future lease payments. The Foundation Board and Community Center staff could then continue their mission to provide programs and activities for Eureka Springs residents and visitors unhampered by any further fiscal responsibility to the School Board. Lease payment funds were redirected to improving programs, activities, and the facility. Property acquired!
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