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The Bloomington Fabric Mask Drive will operate from the Banneker Community Center beginning May 26. Find more information here.

The City of Bloomington is following public health advice to take precautionary measures to limit the local impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus). To protect public health and safety, Bloomington Parks and Recreation is implementing social distancing by temporarily closing the Banneker Community Center until further notice. All programs scheduled to take place at Banneker during that time are CANCELLED, including:

  • Toy Time
  • Baby Time
  • Preschool Story Hour
  • Physical Fridays
  • FX Church services
  • All facility rentals

Banneker Camp On-The-Go

Registration for Banneker Camp On-The-Go free meal delivery for the week of July 6 is is currently accepting applications. Click here to register.

The Banneker Community Center is offering free breakfasts and dinners, along with recreational activity packets, to Bloomington youth beginning June 1.

The Banneker Community Center has been working on contingency plans to continue serving its patrons, including up to 80 elementary school-age children per week that participated in Banneker Camp programs last June and July. Banneker Camp is cancelled for 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic; however, Banneker staff created a delivery service to bring recreational activities and nutritious meals directly to the homes of up to 100 participants each week.

Banneker Camp On-The-Go features free, weekly registration. Meals are prepackaged, and meet all federal nutritional guidelines. Activity packets include instructions for youth to engage in recreational and educational opportunities in their homes or outside in a safe environment.

Participation in Banneker Camp On-The-Go is free, with weekly registration open Monday through Thursday, for delivery the following week. Registration for deliveries June 1-5 opens Memorial Day, May 25 at 9 a.m. 

In addition, Bloomington Parks and Recreation has partnered with Boys and Girls Clubs of Bloomington to provide food to families. Since March, the Ferguson Crestmont Boys and Girls Club has collected foods from donors and delivered the food to Club members. Beginning in June, the Ferguson Crestmont Boys and Girls Club will offer summer camp programming for up to 32 participants. To continue procuring donated foods for members, the Ferguson Crestmont Boys and Girls Club will receive, sanitize, and store donated food at the Banneker Community Center.

For more information about the Banneker Camp On-The-Go, or about the Banneker Community Center, contact Erik Pearson at pearsone@bloomington.in.gov or at (812) 349-3734.

The Banneker Community Center is a Bloomington Parks and Recreation facility that is dedicated to inspiring youth to maximize their potential through safe and effective programming, and to provide programs and activities that connect the Bloomington community.

Ages:
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.

Facility Info and Rentals
The Banneker Community Center has a gymnasium, kitchen, and open floor plan space available for rent on weekdays, Saturdays, and evenings. Evening rentals end at 9 p.m. unless other specific arrangements have been made. No Sunday rentals. Food and drink may be brought in; no alcoholic beverages. Banneker Community Center also has free public wi-fi.

See photos of rooms available for rent.

Room Max. Capacity Rental Rate (per hour)
Gymnasium 276 $55
Kitchen 30 $40
Third Floor 106 $45
Entire building
(gym, kitchen, Third Floor)
  $140
  • Gymnasium: 74' x 59' (10,729 sq. ft.)
    Ideal for active groups or large gatherings. Basic sports equipment scoreboard, tables, chairs and audio-visual equipment are available.

  • Kitchen: 22' x 31' (682 sq. ft.)
    A cozier space, good for smaller meetings or dinners. Basic kitchen eqiupment, refrigerator space, tables, chairs, and audio-visual equipment are available.

  • Third Floor: 54' x 36.5' (4,366 sq. ft.)
    Ideal for children's parties, this large space is set up for preschool play. Other uses are possible with advanced notice. Toys, audio-visual equipment, and additional tables and chairs are available.

For more information or to make a reservation, call 812-349-3735.

Bus Line
Bloomington Transit #3 drops at Fifth and Elm Streets. Banneker is located at the corner of Seventh and Elm.

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

Family Resource Center
Closed until further notice

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
Closed until further notice.

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.

Staff

Cory Hawkins

Title
Program Specialist-Banneker
Email
hawkinco@bloomington.in.gov
Phone
812-349-3783

Erik Pearson

Title
Program/Facility Coordinator
Email
pearsone@bloomington.in.gov
Phone
812-349-3734