In a message tweeted by Ball State President Geoffrey Mearns, he announced his decision to temporarily discontinue operations at the E.B. and Bertha C. Ball Center located near Minnetrista.
It suspended activities in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mearns said. Due to the current risk of the resurgence of the coronavirus, he said it will not be able to resume live programming and public gatherings until the end of the year at the earliest, and possibly not until sometime in the spring 2021 semester.
This center is a historic residential property that once belonged to members of the Ball family, the university's namesake, and currently offers education programs to the local community in the form of classes, seminars and workshops, according to Ball State's website.
Mearns said it was gifted to the Ball State University Foundation by the Ball Brothers Foundation for use by the university as a continuing education facility in 1975.
"I remain committed to reopening the facility and to maintaining the family legacy items," he said. "The former family home is a true gem and an important part of the Minnetrista campus, the Ball Family legacy, and Ball State University."
As Ball State anticipates the end of the pandemic, Mearns said it will begin to develop a plan to seek input and guidance from Muncie community members, local organizations and the campus community regarding the facility.
"Given its historic connection to our community, it is important for us to work together to honor and further build upon the legacy of the home," he said.