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Community center project put on hold: Council says community center proposal at Valley View Park is ‘not viable at this time’

In spring 2019, the Bloomington City Council directed City staff to engage residents and complete a site capacity study for a potential new community center at Valley View Park, 9000 Portland Avenue South.  

In November, staff reported study results back to the City Council and the community, including input gathered from residents, a traffic and parking study and site alternatives that showed different scenarios of what a community center in the park could look like.  

At the December 2 City Council meeting, staff asked the Council to provide direction on:

  1. Whether to move forward with an agreement with the architectural team to continue predesign of the community center at Valley View Park; or
  2. Whether to discontinue evaluation of Valley View Park as the preferred site and provide direction as to how to proceed with the community center project.

After much discussion and deliberation, the City Council did not reach consensus to move forward with a community center design at Valley View Park. The Council decided that the current proposal for a community center at Valley View Park was not viable at this time, and no formal action was taken. While there was no agreement regarding what such a project might look like or where it should be located, the Council remains committed to providing for the recreational needs of all Bloomington residents. 

In 2020, the new City Council will determine its priorities and decide how a community center might fit within them. If the Council decides to revisit the community center project, staff will undertake a robust and inclusive engagement process with residents.  

For further information on the community center project and its history, visit blm.mn/communitycenter.