Brookview Demolition Is Under Way; Grand Opening For New Building Set For Dec 1
With a metallic screech followed by the tinkle of breaking glass and crunch of mangled wood, a hydraulic excavator bit into the roof of the old Brookview Community Center this morning in a ceremonial first step in demolition of the aged and outdated building.
As the first chunk of roof was removed, water spilled from the opening where it had settled between the rooftop and the interior ceilings, giving further credence to the City’s decision to invest instead in a new facility that serves the needs of today’s Golden Valley.
Construction of the new Brookview began Oct 6, 2016. Completion is scheduled for late fall 2017/spring 2018, and a building grand opening celebration is set for Dec 1, 2017.
The old Brookview Community Center dated to the 1920s and had been expanded and remodeled several times over the years. With critical repairs looming, the City was faced with either investing in maintenance of the aging building or investing in a new building that better suits community needs. The estimated cost to repair Brookview Community Center was around $6 million.
With the help of a consultant, a City Council-appointed citizen task force spent nine months in 2014 studying how Brookview Community Center meets Golden Valley’s needs for recreation programming, meeting spaces, banquet facilities, and community gathering spots as well as the needs of its golf customers. The City Council asked for recommendations ranging from $9 million (the baseline cost to replace Brookview at its current size of approximately 20,000 square feet) to $38 million.
After considering tax impacts for the range of costs involved, the City Council directed staff to bring back a scaled-down plan and gather community input. The Council later approved a general design plan and contract for an $18.2 million project.
The New Brookview
The new 37,000-square-foot Brookview building will be a year-round community gathering spot offering recreation, relaxation, and celebration opportunities for people of all ages:
- Brookview Golf & Lawn Bowling features two courses (18-hole regulation course and par 3), a driving range, a putting green, an eight-rink lawn bowling green that can accommodate up to 64 players, a golf shop, and expanded locker rooms.
- Three One Six Bar + Grill is a full-service restaurant adjacent to the outdoor patio, fire pit, and Evergreen Deck with a family-friendly atmosphere and a gorgeous view of the golf course. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and happy hour, Three One Six offers a full menu, a wide selection of craft brews and cocktails, multiple televisions for watching sporting events, and life-size patio games.
- The Backyard is a multi-level indoor playground for kids ages 2–12 with slides, crawl tubes, cargo climbs, bumper balls, log rollers, cave crawls, and more. Individual passes can be purchased during playground hours, or you can rent the entire facility for an event. Two small party rooms within the play area are also available for rental.
- The Bassett Creek Room features floor to ceiling windows with spectacular views of Brookview Golf Course and offers full-service banquet capabilities for up to 228 people. Two adjacent decks (the Evergreen and the Fairway) allow guests to enjoy both indoor and outdoor spaces. The Valley Room is perfect for groups of up to 50 people, and the smaller Rice Lake Room and Sweeney Lake Room are a good fit for small meetings of around 12 people.
Brookview will also be headquarters for Golden Valley’s Parks and Recreation operation as well as the home base for Golden Valley Seniors activities.
If you have questions about the new Brookview, contact Parks and Recreation Director Rick Birno at 763-512 2342.