The Liberty Center: A facility that unites the mission of EAFB with a community vision
South Dakota Ellsworth Development Authority (SDEDA) is excited to announce the construction of a large-scale facility in Box Elder. As you know, Ellsworth Air Force Base will be undergoing extensive mission growth in the very near future. As a result, the base is projected to lose the use of a large hangar space that is currently being utilized as a large scale, flexible use, fitness, and recreation facility. The Liberty Recreation Center will provide an indoor track and sport area, cardio and weight training, group exercise, childcare, and event space. The resources offered at the Liberty Recreation Center will play a critical role in the bases ability to train Airmen to meet maintain physical fitness levels year-round, as well as, provide an area to support quality of life initiatives such as youth and adult sports, personal training, childcare, and social and recreational events open to the entire base and community population.
We are working to solidify partners to help us use the building to its full potential so that it is a true resource for our military and community members. We are approaching construction in a phased approach. Phase 1 consists of an indoor track, field house, cardio and weight training, and drop-in childcare for workout purposes. Future phases may include expanded fitness area, healthcare, and aquatics.
The project will be funded in part by a grant from the Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment. SDEDA was one of XX projects approved for the first Defense Community Infrastructure Program (DCIP) grant. Stay tuned for information about groundbreakings and partnerships as the project progresses.
SDEDA has a long history of accomplishments that prove we are able to identify solutions that benefit both Ellsworth AFB and the larger community. We thrive on partnerships that connect resources to opportunities for the betterment of all involved. We believe the Liberty Wellness Center is a prime example of this work.