The Future of the Creek Center
A feasibility study (PDF) conducted last year examined concerns about the Plymouth Creek Center’s ability to meet current and future needs. The study confirmed that high demand has caused programming limitations at the facility. However, before renovation plans are developed or an expansion is considered, Plymouth wants to hear from residents.
Input for the Creek Center will be collected several ways.
FlashVote: An online survey tool, FlashVote will be used to gauge community interest. A simple, one-minute survey will be sent to FlashVote users Tuesday, July 17. Residents will have 48 hours to complete the survey. To register, visit plymouthmn.gov/FlashVote.
Social Pinpoint: An interactive, web-based feedback platform, Social Pinpoint will allow residents to help shape the specifics of a potential project by leaving comments and suggestions. From May 15 to Aug. 28, visit Social Pinpoint to leave feedback (Creek Center information will only be available on Social Pinpoint during that time).
Open Houses: Residents are invited to three open houses at the Plymouth Creek Center, 14800 34th Ave. N.:
Interactive Boards: Interactive presentation boards will be available May 15 to Aug. 28 at the Plymouth Creek Center and the Parks and Recreation office at Plymouth City Hall, 3400 Plymouth Blvd. The boards will mirror information available on Social Pinpoint.
Residents are strongly encouraged to provide input throughout this process in one or more ways. Once feedback gathering is complete and analyzed, findings will be presented to City Council, which will determine the project’s next steps.
Since it opened in 2000, the Plymouth Creek Center has emerged as an important hub of community life.
It has brought people together for senior activities, recreation programs, socializing and celebrating life’s milestones.
After nearly two decades, the well-used activity center is in need of maintenance and updates – and its popularity means it is stretched to meet the demands and changing needs of a growing community.
With renovation and potential expansion on the horizon, the city is looking at what’s next for the activity center. To gauge community interest and develop the best fit for facility users, the city is asking residents for help in shaping the center’s future. Several community engagement tools will be available in coming months to help residents share thoughts about whether the Creek Center needs expansion and, if so, what type of space will best serve the community.
Serving a Growing Population
The Creek Center was originally designed to allow for a potential expansion project based on expected population growth. Since it was constructed, Plymouth’s population has increased by more than 10,000. That growth has spiked Creek Center usage, and has left the existing building struggling to meet the demand for space.
The facility currently hosts senior programs, recreation programming, weddings, rentals and more. Many of the building’s rooms aren’t suited to current recreation programming needs and participation levels. Additionally, rental demand has outpaced capacity.
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