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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.

Reserve Space at Banneker for Family Fun

The Banneker Community Center is not open for drop-in visits; however, you can reserve a time and space in the building for gatherings, preschool play, use of the gym, and more. Use our online form to reserve a room at Banneker on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

To reserve a time to use a room for free between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Banneker Community Center, fill out the room reservation form at least 24 hours in advance. The Evans-Porter Memorial Library, gym, kitchen, and third floor are available for reservation. Each room has a different maximum capacity (gym–40; third floor–10; library–5). Reservations are ongoing and are available one month at a time.

Visitors must enter through the gym off Elm Street, check in with a staff member, and have a temperature screening before proceeding to the reserved space. A limited amount of equipment is available in each space. There is a 30-minute break between reservations for cleaning. Safely join many of our weekly programs on the YouTube or Facebook page!

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 equipment, 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
Open for use by reservation only

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
Open for use by reservation only.

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