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Banneker Community Center Closed July 29-August 2, 2019 for Post-Summer Camp Cleanup!

We'll re-open to serve our community on Saturday, August 3.

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:  Labor Day (September 2), Thanksgiving (November 26-30), and Winter Break (December 23-January 3)

Facility Information
Gymnasium, restrooms, full kitchen, library, Family Resource Center (third floor) 

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

Family Resource Center
August 5 - December 22: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Located on the third floor, this is a place where families 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