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Banneker Community Center Seeks Representatives for Advisory Council

The City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department is seeking members for the Banneker Community Center Advisory Council (BCCAC).

Download an application to print, fill out, and send to the Banneker Community Center.

Apply for an Advisory Council position online.

According to Banneker Community Center Coordinator Erik Pearson, Banneker has re-imagined the traditional role of the Advisory Council, and is eager for the new members to help create Banneker's identity, and to guide its future place in the community.

Five to seven members of the BCCAC who represent the diverse population served by Banneker, and who have experience or interest in working with low-income populations and at-risk youth, are sought to contribute their expertise to the BBCAC. Ideal advisory council members may also have a background in education or social work, and/or familiarity with the near west side community.

"Banneker Community Center has been an integral part of its neighborhood for decades," Pearson said. "This is a crucial time for our facility, as we strive to find out how we can best serve our residents and the community at large. We are relying on interested, committed people to help us determine how best to allocate our resources, and how to maximize our impact by working with other youth-serving organizations."

The BCCAC meets monthly at the Banneker Community Center. Applications must be submitted to the City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department, 401 N. Morton St., Suite 250 by Friday, May 31, 2019. 

Appointments to the BCCAC are made by the Board of Park Commissioners. To request an application, contact Erik Pearson, Banneker Community Center Facility/Program Coordinator, City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department, or 812.349.3734.

City Offers Waivers of Pool Admission Fees for Qualified Bloomington Residents

The Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department is accepting applications for fee waivers for admission to Bryan Park and Mills Pool for the summer 2019 season.

Any individual or family residing inside Bloomington city limits who feels that a fee for admission to Bryan Park Pool and Mills Pool would be discriminatory due to financial hardship may request a waiver of pool admission fees. Fee waivers are available to those city residents whose annual income meets the Federal Office of Management and Budget's guidelines of 150% of poverty level.

Fee waiver applications must be made in person at the Bloomington Parks and Recreation office inside City Hall during regular office hours of 8 a.m. through 5 p.m.

However, the Parks and Recreation Department is holding two special fee waiver application evenings at the Banneker Community Center, 930 W. Seventh St. for the convenience of working families.

Bloomington Parks and Recreation staff will be at Banneker May 8 and 9 from 4:30 until 7 p.m. to accept pool admission fee waiver applications. Applications may be picked up at the Banneker Community Center in advance, so applicants have time to fill out the form and collect the required documentation.

Fee waiver application requirements:

  • A $5 application fee, due at the time the application is submitted.
  • Proof of income for each adult income earner in the household (e.g. 2018 tax return, current month's pay stubs, or assistance program statements that show current benefit amounts).
  • NOTARIZED citizen/qualified alien status affidavit (form is available at
  • Proof of city residency (e.g. current water, electric, cable or internet bill; current lease or mortgage statement; verification from a residential community such as the Bloomington Housing Authority showing city residency.

Applicants are notified within two weeks of the status of the pool admission fee waiver application.

"We recognize the importance of ensuring our publicly owned and managed facilities are as open, welcoming, and inclusive as possible for those who live in our community," said Paula McDevitt, Parks and Recreation Department administrator. "We hope these two blocks of time on weekday evenings to apply for a pool fee waiver provides opportunities for those who aren't able to make it downtown during regular business hours."

Detailed information about the required documentation and application forms may be downloaded from the Bloomington Parks and Recreation website.

Paper copies of the application form and affidavit may also be picked up at the Bloomington Parks and Recreation office at 401 N. Morton St. Suite 250 inside City Hall, and at the Banneker Community Center. For more information about pool admission fee waiver applications, call Bloomington Parks and Recreation at 812-349-3700.


Banneker Community Center Hours:
Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Facility hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

All ages are welcome. Children under age 10 yrs. must be accompanied when in the facility by a responsible caregiver age 18 yrs. and up.

Banneker Community Center is CLOSED on:  Spring Holiday (April 19), Memorial Day (May 27), Fourth of July (July 4)

Facility Information
Gymnasium, restrooms, full kitchen, library, and the third floor Family Resource Center. The gymnasium, kitchen/classroom, and the third floor are available for rental. Call 812-349-3735 for reservation and cost information.

Bus Line
Bloomington Transit #3 drops at Fifth and Elm Streets

Designated accessible parking space on west side of building, ramp and elevator on ground floor, gym entrance is accessible.

Family Resource Center
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon

Located on the third floor, this is a place where families, especially those new to the community, can gather information, network with others, build a support system, and enjoy their children in a fun, safe space.

Evans-Porter Memorial Library
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

The Banneker Community Center is proud to host the Evans-Porter Memorial Library. Newly updated and growing, the library offers fiction and nonfiction books for adults, teens, and children. Recent encyclopedias and other reference materials are available to help with homework. A focus on African-American history and culture reflects the library's location in a historically significant building and neighborhood.



Erik Pearson

Program/Facility Coordinator