Community center at Valley View: Site options and resident input overview

Presentations and public hearing to be held November, 2019

The Bloomington City Council and City staff have been discussing the possibility of a new community center for many years. The City Council established a resident task force in 2015 that recommended building a new facility to replace the existing Creekside Community Center at 9801 Penn Avenue South, which has outlived its useful life. 

Over the last several years a needs assessment was conducted and several site options were explored. In early 2019, the City Council was focused on two potential sites—Civic Plaza and the existing Creekside Community Center. After considering many different options at each site, it was determined that neither was large enough for the community center being considered with the amenities residents and the task force had requested. At a study meeting this spring, councilmembers directed staff to look into Valley View Park, at 90th Street between Nicollet and Portland Avenues, as a possible site. 

Because Valley View Park is currently the Council’s preferred location, they have instructed staff to evaluate the site. Part of the evaluation process is showing very preliminary plans/options of how a community center could fit at Valley View and how the park could be improved. Another important part of the planning process was to gather resident input through surveys, in-person meetings and online forms, and using this feedback to guide options and preliminary planning documents.

The initial outcome from the planning process will be presented at a public meeting on Thursday, November 14, at 6:30 p.m., in the Schneider Theater at Civic Plaza, 1800 W. Old Shakopee Road and at a City Council meeting on Monday, November 18, 7 p.m., in the Civic Plaza Council Chambers during which a public hearing will also be held. The presentation will include the input received from residents, a traffic and parking study, and site alternatives that show different scenarios of what a community center in the park could look like.