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 understand the community’s desire for a Creek Center project, such as features an expanded center might include, the city gathered input from residents throughout 2018.
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.
April 2019 update: 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. In April, the council interviewed firms and selected Hammel Green & Abrahamson Inc. (HGA) to draft a plan.
In coordination with city staff, HGA will develop a design option for an expansion, which is expected to be presented to the City Council in fall 2019.
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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