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How did Valley View become the preferred community center site?

Bloomington City Council and City staff have been discussing ways to revamp the community center for many years. In 2015, a resident task force met to talk about options for improving the existing Creekside Community Center. The group recommended building a new facility to serve all residents. Since then, the City Council has directed staff to look into many locations as potential sites. 

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, which is currently home to the Bloomington Family Aquatic Center, as a possible site. 

The aquatic center was originally constructed in the 1970s. The facility is in line for a pool shell replacement in 2026—a $15 million project. The City has already set aside $5 million for that replacement. By combining a new aquatic center that includes indoor and outdoor amenities with a new community center, residents could have access to a pool year-round. Additionally, Valley View Park is large enough to accommodate the community center being envisioned. 

The City is currently in the process of hiring an architect to work with the City and residents to decide what a new community center could look like and what amenities to include. The City will also seek resident input on a master plan for the surrounding park. Residents can give feedback and learn more about the project at engagement events this fall. A neighborhood and Valley View users community input session will be held in Valley View Park, 9000 Portland Avenue South, Tuesday, October 8, 5 – 7 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be moved indoors. For updates and more information, visit blm.mn/communitycenter.  

“We hope you’ll participate in that process. Tell us what you’d like to see in the community center and the park,” Parks and Recreation Director Ann Kattreh said. 

Learn more or give feedback on the project at visit blm.mn/communitycenter or call 952-563-8896.