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Rentals and Reservations

Many of the City's facilities, public spaces, and equipment – from theater to meeting spaces and canoe racks to garden plots - are available to the public for rental. We also offer group reservation rates at our aquatics facilities.

Athletic facilities and tournaments

Baseball, football, softball, volleyball, soccer fields; ice rinks; tennis courts.

Bike lockers at Dred Scott

  • 4 Bike lockers are available for rent at the southwest corner of Old Shakopee Road and Bloomington Ferry Road
  • $60.00 fee per consecutive 12 month period or $10.00 per month with a minimum rental of 3 consecutive months
  • Additional $40.00 key deposit is required
  • Rentals begin on the 1st day of the calendar month
  • Lockers may only be used to store one bicycle and related equipment (helmet, pump, lock, etc.)
  • Bicycles may not exceed 69” in length, 29” inches in width and 48” in height.
  • Adjacent to Hyland Trail (off-road paved trail) that leads to the Bloomington Ferry Road Trailhead to the south and Countryside Park, Hyland Lake Park Reserve, Bush Lake Park and Normandale Lake Park as well as to Eden Prairie (via Pioneer Trail, Bloomington Ferry Road and Marth Road) to the north.
  • Convenient to MTC bus lines
  • PDF icon Bicycle locker rental procedures
  • PDF icon Bicycle locker rental application

bicycle lockers

Bloomington Armory

Call Parks and Recreation, 952-563-8885.

Bloomington Center for the Arts

Call Jill Murphy, 952-563-8889, regarding any of the following rentals.

Schneider Theater

The Schneider Theater is ideal for performances, concerts, ceremonies, meetings, conferences, and rehearsals.

  • Proscenium stage with full fly loft
  • 366 seat auditorium
  • Orchestra shell available
  • Men’s & Women’s Dressing rooms
  • Make-up room and green room
  • $203 - $319/hour
  • $46/hour A/V Tech & Equipment fee

Main Lobby

The Main Lobby of the Bloomington Center for the Arts is ideal for dinner meetings and receptions.

  • Maximum seating available 160
  • Round banquet tables available
  • Limited availability
  • $203 - $319/hour
  • $46/hour A/V Tech & Equipment fee

Rehearsal Hall

The Rehearsal Hall is a wonderful location for rehearsals, meetings, seminars, or small receptions.

  • Maximum capacity 74
  • Seats 70 theater style, 50 classroom or reception style
  • $37 - $57/hour

Children’s, Drawing, Craft and Painting Studio

  • Sink and countertop space and tile floor
  • Variety of seating arrangements
  • Capacity 20-30 people depending on room and table setup
  • $28 - $41/hour

Council Chambers and Dakota Conference Room

  • Only available during weekend hours and limited evening hours.

Additional Information

  • Rental time must include set up and tear down.
  • A food/beverage license is required if food will be served to the public.
  • Alcohol is not allowed in the Center for the Arts.  A liquor caterer must be approved by City Council and additional fees will apply.
  • All rentals must pay a separate damage deposit, which will be refunded after the event.               

Bloomington Center for the Arts Operational Guidelines

PDF icon 2016 Fee Schedule

Bloomington Family Aquatic Center

Group rates, birthday party packages and private pool rentals are also available. Pool rentals are available from approximately 7 - 9 p.m. daily. The cost is $335 per hour.

Bush Lake Beach

Swim trip group reservations are required for groups of 20 or more and must be purchased in advance of your swim trip. Reservations must be made at the Parks and Recreation counter at Bloomington Civic Plaza.

  • Group fee for reservations of 50 people or less: $65 plus tax (includes one bus pass)
  • Group fee for reservations of more than 50 people: $91 plus tax (includes one bus pass)
  • Additional bus passes: $43
  • PDF icon BLB Group Reservation Form 2018.pdf

Canoe racks at West Bush Lake

CANOE RACKS ARE OPEN!

New Renters: Applications are now available online here: PDF icon Canoe rack rental packet 2018.pdf

Return Renters: Permits were mailed on May 17, 2018.

Don't feel like hauling your canoe, kayak or SUP to and from Bush Lake every day? Rent one of our 96 canoe racks located on the west side of Bush Lake, conveniently located adjacent to picnic shelters, picnic benches and playgrounds.   

  • Rental fee of $80.64 per season (5/1-10/31*)
  • Six accessible racks available for those with qualifying conditions.
  • Racks may be used for paddle boards or sailboards if they are able to be secured to the rack on both ends of the watercraft and do not exceed the maximum watercraft dimensions of 20 feet in length, 26 inches in width and 20 inches in depth.
  • Two kayaks may be stored on one rack if both kayaks can be secured within the confines of that rack.

Application packet

Applications may be submitted in person (to the Parks & Recreation office in City Hall), by postal mail, emailed to parksrec@BloomingtonMN.gov or faxed to 952-563-8715. If you choose to fax your application, please call 952-563-8877 below to confirm receipt. If submitting by mail, please mail to:

Parks and Recreation - Canoe Racks
City of Bloomington
1800 W. Old Shakopee Road
Bloomington, MN 55431-3027

Community garden plots

garden plot pictures

The City of Bloomington rents out 178 garden plots at three community garden sites in Bloomington:

  • Brookside Community Garden - on the west side of Xerxes, just north of 102nd Street
  • Smith Park - on the east side of Park Avenue between 82nd and 83rd streets
  • Harrison Park - 1701 W. 100th Street

Visit our Bloomington Community Gardens page for detailed rental information!

Normandale Lake Bandshell

Picnic shelters

Reservations for 2018 accepted starting January 2
Reservations: Call 952-563-8877

Open April 15 through October 15, picnic shelters are available to rent for family gatherings, company picnics, group events, banquets, wedding receptions, class reunions or meetings.

Moir Park and Bush Lake Park shelters have electricity, grills, restrooms, drinking fountains, playground equipment, walking trails, volleyball and horseshoe courts, along with softball fields and a Frisbee golf course at Moir and fishing docks at Bush Lake. Parks are accessible.

Reservation information

Starting January 2, 2018, reservations can be made in person at Parks and Recreation (Bloomington Civic Plaza), by phone (952-563-8877) or by completing the picnic shelter reservation form below and faxing it to 952-563-8715. 

General regulations for shelters

  • No alcoholic beverages except 3.2 percent malt liquor are allowed in designated picnic areas.
  • No glass bottles or containers are allowed in the parks.
  • A food/beverage license is required if food will be sold to the public.
  • No person shall use tobacco products in any City-owned parks.
  • Pony rides, stages, inflatables, dunk tanks, and tents require a special permit.  Prices range from $50-$200 for this type of permit (Temporary Conditional Use Permit). These aerial views ( PDF icon aerial_view.pdf ) may help you in the placement of your inflatable. Call the Parks and Recreation office for more details.
  • Amplified sound may require a Public Entertainment License Application (please indicate "Public Assembly" under "Type of license") and is subject to the City's noise restrictions.

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