Gustavus Community Center
With overwhelming support of residents, the Gustavus Community Center incorporated as a 501(c) (3) organization in 2009.
At about this time, eight acres of meadow in the very center of Gustavus came on the market. Each summer, more than 11,000 visitors pass by this property on their way to nearby Glacier Bay National Park. It’s an easy walk or bike ride from the property to the school, public library, post office, city hall, community garden and “downtown” businesses. There’s enough land for buildings and outdoor activities. The community believed so strongly that this would be the ideal location for the center that it came together and bought it. Donations from 150 individuals, 11 businesses, and overwhelming response to fund-raising events enabled the Gustavus Community Center to raise $254,507 within two years, with 94% of dollars generated locally.