Originally the vision of philanthropist Klein Gilhousen, the park grounds on the YTI campus will be home to fine arts studios, community gardens, ponds, cross-country ski trails, a chapel-recital hall, and a community café, as well as YTI’s academic facilities.
This is a setting where the entire community can tangibly experience and share the love of God. The property will be open to the public as a place for intellectual dialogue, acceptance, and connection. In addition to the dedicated education center for graduate theological studies, a year-round retreat center will welcome diverse groups from spiritual and secular backgrounds. The center will also host community events, offer an outdoor athletic complex, and be home to a community café where people can come to relax and connect with others.
Installation of water lines, sewer, and electricity, as well as pouring of foundations, will happen in 2019 and 2020. With campus construction ongoing, the first class of future graduates is currently attending classes downtown, at the historic Grand Avenue Christian Church.