Elma, Iowa

Elma Area Wellness Center (EAWC)

2012 Young Professionals project

Elma Area Wellness Center (EAWC)
 ALWAYS TAKING MEMBERSHIPS!  Leave us a message @ 641-393-0062 and a volunteer coordinator will return your call to answer questions or schedule your membership sign-up & orientation tour at our facility located at 501 Busti Avenue in Elma. Open to members now!  Must have an electronic key-card for access. Read below to learn how the EAWC project came to be.
For complete information on the facility, its equipment (including our new outdoor fitness equipment!) and class offerings, please visit our site at www.elmawellness.com
A local group of individuals came forward in April 2012, stemming from the Young Professionals Group to determine interest in a community-based fitness center. After positive feedback from fitness surveys sent to Elma area residents in late May, it is becoming a reality!   The name of the new facility is The Elma Area Wellness Center, Inc. or EAWC for short, to be  located in the former Red Wagon building 501 Busti Avenue.  501c3 non-profit corporation status is applied for, articles of incorporation are written and the board of directors established.  Original board members are shown above; current board members include: President-Jamie Gansen, Treasurer-Brad Shatek along with other members  Jan Kruger,  Jennifer Rapenske, and Deb Schroeder.  The building underwent massive remodeling, utilizing mostly volunteer labor (to date more than 1000 volunteer hours went into this project!  This will be a non-profit community center, run by volunteers, and open 24 hours per day/7 days per week to members utilizing an electronic key card for access.  Hours worked will qualify for high school silver cord/community service or confirmation service hour requirements!  Contact board any board member listed above to join! Initial fundraising of over $100,000 has been achieved for the building reconstruction & purchase of equipment.  However, there remains a "wish list" for additional equipment or comfort items (fans!) for the EAWC as well as future construction needs including a handicap-accessible entrance that will require additional donations going forward.  Please make your tax-deductible contributions payable to BRIDGE with EAWC noted in the memo section and mail to EAWC at P.O. Box 35, Elma IA 50628. The winner of the logo designing contest was Josie Gansen.  Also from the many designs submitted, an EAWC motto was chosen "Good for you.  Good for Life." submitted by Kelly Bodermann.
New members always welcome!  Please support this community endeavor!
Please read the FAQ (frequently asked questions) sheet  below and continue to check back here as updates for this project become available.
FAQ sheet

Flag Football

Fall youth programs

September kicks off youth flag football in the Elma Park! Open to area youth aged 4-12 with practice & games on Saturdays beginning September through October at 11:00 a.m. Adult supervision/helpers appreciated! For details contact Tony Lentz at 641-257-9073.


Maple Heights Golf & Country Club

Course is now open!!!

Elma is home to a beautiful 9-hole public golf course. 
Mens Day league is every Tuesday beginning at 12:00 p.m.
Ladies Day leagueis on Wednesdays beginning at 2:00 p.m.  in season. 
Friday nights the course offers Couples night, with a variety of unique games and meals afterwards. 

For more course information please contact Maple Heights @ 641-393-2120 or visit their website (golfelma.com) via the tournament link below.

Course tournament schedule is listed below. 

2016 tourney schedule

Recreational Trail

Recreational Trail

The Old Roundhouse Trail is a portion of the Wapsi Great Western recreational trail, soon to be connected to the trail of the same name stretching north through Howard & Mitchell counties, through Riceville and McIntire.   The current Old Roundhouse Trail portion is roughly  only 5.3 miles, from Elma proper to Acme.  The Old Roundhouse Trail segment was newly black-topped in fall 2009.  However, the trail is currently being extended to meet up with the Wapsi Great Western Trail into Riceville & beyond, for another 18.75 miles of Trail with completion anticipated to be done in Fall 2017.  When finished, the Wapsi Great Western Trail will run approximately 24 miles from Elma NW through Riceville and NW into Mitchell county.  Plans are underway to then futher extend the trail to go to Austin MN, making it a 77-mile long trail once done.  Read more about this project under the tourism tab where recent articles about the Trail extrension project are listed.



 Elma's Old Roundhouse Trailhead Visitor Center is now complete! It is at the north depot area, near the covered bridge in the center of town on Busti Avenue.  There you will find a public restroom, drinking fountain, as well as a place to rest your feet & red up about the Elma area.  The Visitor Center is open seven days a week, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. in season (roughly May-October).  Trailhead signage and landscaping in that area completed as an Eagle Scout project of a local Elma Boy Scout. 


Roller Skating

Elma offers a Friday night youth roller skating program each winter. Look for the 2016-2017 season details later this Fall. Skating times are: 6:00-7:30 p.m. for ages 0-3rd grade 7:30-9:00 p.m.4th grade through adults Please obey grade levels, but call us if special circumstances (such as new to skating or the need to supervise a younger sibling). Cost is $2.00 per person, which includes skate rental. You may bring your own roller skates, but please NO roller blades! NOTE: If school is cancelled due to weather or in case of extreme wind chill, skating will be cancelled for the night. For more information, phone Kris @ 641-220-4933.

Snow Mobiling

Local snowmobiling groups  and contact info is as follows:

Drift Runners Club, Matt Minear phone 563-380-7142

Stump Jumpers Club, Dan Ptacek phone 641-393-2273

Wisdom & Wellness

Summer Youth Program

Wisdom & Wellness is a free opportunity offered through the Elma Early Childhood Center for northeast Iowa families.  Wisdom & Wellness offers organized activities in conjunction with nutritious snacks.  Registration takes place in May, program runs in June. See details  & registration information below.
2016 Wisdom & Wellness