Hames Center originally opened as the Lloyd F. Hames Physical Education Center in 1987, as part of Sheldon Jackson College. Following the school's closure, the city of Sitka took over management of the Fitness Center, but was forced to shut down its operation at the end of 2010. The Hames Center gained new life and energy when Sitka Fine Arts Camp accepted ownership of the Sheldon Jackson Campus.
In 2011, Sitka Fine Arts Camp and a group of dedicated Sitkans launched a revitalization project that started the volunteer-run model of operation that is in place today. Fueled by volunteer hours, the Hames Center has been repaired and improved, and currently serves more than 600 members (and another thousand day users) in the community. Furthering the educational goals of the campus, the Hames Center offers a wide range of classes and workshops in dance, weight training, spinning, and health safety.
The mission of the Hames Center is to promote and support a community approach to personal community wellness through health promotion, indoor activity access, education programming, and service to the community of Sitka. We are committed to providing opportunities that expand access to wellness and health through physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social and environmental well being.