Taking Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility Outdoors

By: La Porte County Family YMCA Last Updated: January 9, 2014

Andrew-Ave-Building-1The idea behind the addition of Andrew Avenue Outdoor Education and Recreation facility was not to simply create more soccer fields or basketball courts, but to create a space that fosters a sense of good health, confidence, and encouragement for kids, adults, seniors and families in La Porte County.

It’s all in the details. This amazing outdoor facility is set on 8.5 acres of lush green grass, woods, and provides endless possibility. The 3,200 square foot covered pavilion with restrooms, kitchen and picnic tables creates a central gathering place for soccer games, summer camp and special events.

Andrew-Ave-Building-2Four expansive soccer fields provide the opportunity for youth in grades pre-k through five to learn sports skills and teamwork during the spring and fall seasons. Shaded underneath a large tree, an activity pad keeps kids moving all summer long with fun, cognitive activities like hopscotch, gaga ball, tether ball and more.

Walking trails wind through the woods to encourage the ultimate nature experience through discovery, education and inspiration.

This list of features does not stop there, the future of our Andrew Avenue Facility looks bright with the pending completion of a large Tree House playground where children will gather, play games and share with each other the joys of being young.

The La Porte County Family YMCA is truly blessed to have the vision of connecting community members through outdoor education and recreation become a reality. This was only possible due to the generous donations and commitment from the following donors and volunteers:

1st Source Bank
Deutscher Concrete
Jack Jones
Mendoza Concrete
Smith Ready Mix
Jim and Susan Aaron
Enbridge Energy
LaPorteCountyLife.com
Pavey Excavating
Smith Excavating
Don, Cindy, Caity and Megan Berchem
Tom Fara
La Porte FOP #54
ProDrive
Unity Foundation of La Porte County
Gene Berchem
Dr. Charles and Rita Hagenow
La Porte Insurance Agency/Hague Family
Redwoods Foundation
Jim Wade Construction
Joseph, Joseph and Geno Berchem
Jude and Shirley Hermsen
Tom and Jean Larson
Steve Sawaya
Central States Manufacturing, Inc.
House of Fara
Larson-Danielson Construction
Sharp Electrical Services