Open House Materials
An open house for the proposed Plymouth Creek Center Renovation and Expansion Project was held July 9 to gather resident input.
Attendees viewed the draft plans and provided feedback on the types of space, uses, layout, design and cost implications.
Materials displayed at the open house are below. Note: The files are large and may take time to download.
Feedback: Residents who missed the open house may still provide feedback about the proposed project (see Feedback Form information below).
Growing with the Community
Plymouth is a fast growing city – and community needs grow along with population.
Built two decades ago, the Plymouth Creek Center is the city’s community center and serves as a hub for arts, senior and recreation programming, as well as community and regional events.
Since the facility opened in 1999, Plymouth’s population has grown by more than 13,000 people – to nearly 80,000 residents – and facility use has risen dramatically. With the city’s continued growth, the Plymouth Creek Center has become constrained in its ability to serve residents.
The city has spent the past three years looking at Plymouth Creek Center use, space needs and how the building could meet future demand.
A 2016 feasibility study found the center is at maximum capacity and is ready for the next phase of planned expansion. A year-long community engagement process in 2018 provided public feedback on amenities residents would like the building to include. View the project outline/timeline (PDF)
With this information, the city is looking at the option of renovating and expanding the 30,000-square foot community center by about 80,000-square feet.
Proposed Amenities: Proposed amenities would include gymnasiums, a year-round indoor walking track, an indoor playground, dedicated senior/adult spaces and more (see full list below).
Preliminary Cost/Tax Impact: Based on a preliminary project cost estimate of $50 million, owners of $300,000-$500,000 homes would see an average tax impact of about $78-$135 per year (see preliminary estimated property tax impact table below).
A year-long community engagement process in 2018 provided public feedback on amenities residents would like the building to include. Proposed amenities and program opportunities are as follows.
Note: The Plymouth Creek Center is open to all residents – it is not a membership-based facility. Free and paid programs are available.
2-3 full size gyms for pickleball, basketball, badminton, preschool, tumbling and more
Dedicated year-round indoor facility
Unique indoor play components similar to an outdoor park
Designated for groups, clubs, cards and social gatherings
Education, STEM, conference space and community meeting rooms
Yoga, aerobics and Zumba classes, with appropriate flooring and amenities
Designated for art and creative programs
Space for rotating community art displays
Gathering and/or lounge area
Appropriate floor and amenities for dance classes
Birthday parties, gatherings and more
Acoustical spaces for music classes and lessons
Weddings, events, corporate and catering
Redesigned Black Box Theater
Theater, seminars, education and meetings
Property tax impacts are based on a $50 million tax-exempt bond issue, for a 20-year term, at a 2.8% interest rate with the city’s AAA bond rating.
These examples reflect tax impacts on residential homestead properties only, and do not include offsets from other funding sources that the city is pursuing, including new lodging tax revenue collected at local hotels and a pending state bonding request of $15 million. These tax impact estimates are expected to decrease, as the city anticipates obtaining other funding sources.
|Preliminary Estimated Property Tax Impacts|
The Plymouth Creek Center is home to more than 800 city recreation programs each year. In 2018, facility reservations totaled 14,500 hours and the Plymouth Creek Center hosted more than 75 activities every week.
A popular regional destination for weddings, corporate events, meetings and other activities, the Plymouth Creek Center has an average of 300,000 visitors annually.
Since it opened in 1999, 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 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.
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 13,000. 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.
The Future of the Creek Center
A 2017 feasibility study (PDF) 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.
To gauge community interest and develop the best fit for facility users, the city launched a community engagement initiative in 2018 to ask residents for help in shaping the center’s future. Several community engagement tools were available to help residents share thoughts about whether the Creek Center needs expansion and, if so, what type of space will best serve the community.
Input was collected through an online survey tool, an interactive website, open house events, and collected in-person at city facilities and events. A Community Engagement Report for the Plymouth Creek Center (PDF) is available for review and was presented to the City Council in late 2018.
In April 2019, city staff took applications and met with architectural firms to develop a schematic plan for a potential expansion and renovation. Staff and members of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission, a citizen advisory group, then narrowed the field to submit to the City Council. The council interviewed firms and selected Hammel Green & Abrahamson Inc. (HGA) to draft a plan.
In coordination with city staff, HGA developed a draft design option for an expansion, which was presented to the City Council in June 2019.
The July 9, 2019 open house will gather resident feedback about the proposal to expand and renovate the Creek Center. View the project outline/timeline (PDF)
Residents may complete feedback forms, which are available in person at the Plymouth Creek Center or online. Feedback submitted by Sunday, July 14 will be presented to City Council on Tuesday, July 23. Any feedback submitted after July 14 will be presented to City Council at a later date this fall. To fill out the feedback form online, visit plymouthmn.gov/pccfeedback.
While much analysis and community engagement has been done during the last three years, the project scope, amenities and financing options have not been finalized.
Feedback gathered through the July 9 open house, feedback forms (online and paper forms), the July 9 FlashVote survey, emails, social media and more will be presented to the City Council Tuesday, July 23. At meetings this fall, the City Council will consider advancing the project. Construction could begin fall 2020.
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PDF Download: This information was also mailed to all households in Plymouth in a newsletter format. Download the Plymouth News Special Edition (PDF)