City of Bloomington Facility Updates
Creekside Community Center will remain closed through end of 2020; Motor Vehicle Office will reopen
At its meeting on May 18, the Bloomington City Council made several decisions regarding the future operation of Creekside Community Center, located at 9801 Penn Avenue South, and the Bloomington Motor Vehicle Office at 9930 Logan Avenue South. Prior to its meeting, the City Council gathered community feedback on the two operations via a survey that drew more than 3,000 responses.
The Council approved a motion to keep Creekside closed to the public through the end of 2020 due to COVID-19. Food programs such as Loaves and Fishes will be allowed access for food preparation and distribution.
Social distancing requirements are expected to be in place that would preclude seniors from gathering in groups for many months. Closing Creekside to the public will save the City approximately $390,000 in 2020. Creekside Community Center could be reopened in 2021 when COVID-19 social distancing restrictions are relaxed. Programming could also be relocated to the Bloomington Center for the Arts, other City owned facilities or at other community partner sites in the future.
The City Council also voted to reopen Bloomington’s Motor Vehicle Office. Service will resume gradually, starting Thursday, May 21 with appointment-only service for those with expired driver’s licenses. Additional services, including motor vehicle title and registration, will resume the week of May 26. Customers are strongly encouraged to call ahead or consult the Motor Vehicle Office webpage prior to visiting. Appointments can be made by calling (952) 563-8714 starting the afternoon of Wednesday, May 20.
The City Council appointed a Community Budget Advisory Committee to work through the rest of this year to help the Council assess budget options, gauge community preferences and shape policy recommendations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new Community Budget Advisory Committee will be taking a look at both facilities when they review the City’s overall budget this summer.
The City of Bloomington continues to make changes to its services, operations and programming in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These decisions are based on budget impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic and data, guidelines and orders from Gov. Walz and the Minnesota Department of Health.