The HART Center, also know
as “the Miracle on the Bay” is a five year dream that
came to life on January 15, 2002 after 5 years of
planning and hard work in Fairfield Bay, Arkansas. Its
creation is known as “the miracle” because the
$2,000,000.00+, 23,000 square foot facility is located
in a resort retirement community of only 2,500 citizens.
How this was achieved is a unique story. The condensed
version of this journey revolves around seven initial
investors known as “the magnificent seven”. This group,
which has changed over the years, basically came up with
a three phase plan to bring the club to life. The first
phase involved attaining funds, agreements, and gifts in
kind from the community, Fairfield Resorts Incorporated,
and the FFB Conference Center. The second phase involved
Timeshare and Conference Center memberships and finally
phase three involved the sale of stock. To date
$600,000.00 of stock has been sold to community
investors at $1.00 per share. This very basic overview
helps to explain “the miracle”.
During the first quarter of operation in 2002 the club
has exceeded its first year membership goal.
Participation at the facility has been very consistent
and the level of community fitness continues to improve.