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Survey reveals support for new community center

A recent survey found that residents and local YMCA members support a community center collaboration between the City and YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities, a leading nonprofit dedicated to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. 

The purpose of the survey was to measure the level of interest in a new community center, the favorability of a YMCA-City partnership, identify key features and services, gauge YMCA membership potential, evaluate the level of funding support and test a possible location.

Two-thirds of those polled agreed that it is a good idea for the City and YMCA to partner on a joint community center. Sixty-three percent of residents thought Bloomington should replace Creekside Community Center with a new center. Sixty-five percent of residents thought that a new community center would improve the quality of life in Bloomington. Two-thirds of respondents favored building the facility in the vicinity of Civic Plaza. Seventy-four percent of residents and 86 percent of YMCA members responded favorably when asked if they would like to see the YMCA become part of the Bloomington community.

In terms of general programming, interest was greatest for an indoor track, cardiovascular and strength conditioning machines, group fitness classes, whirlpool and sauna, water aerobics and an indoor lap pool. More water and aquatics facilities topped the list of unmet community needs, according to residents.

The survey of 579 respondents included 303 Bloomington residents and 276 Southdale YMCA members who live in the area. It was conducted by phone and online June 5 – July 3. The survey was administered by ANA Research of Fridley and has a 5.65 percent margin of error. 

These survey results will be used to inform work on a potential community center. Residents will hear more about the proposed project during town hall meetings scheduled for each City Council district in October. For more information, contact Director of Community Services Diann Kirby at 952-563-8717 or dkirby@bloomingtonmn.gov.