Community Center Referendum

On August 7th, 2019, the Cottage Grove City Council unanimously agreed to direct City staff to beginCommunity Center Update the process of preparing a referendum question, for the November 2020 ballot, regarding a potential community center. After several years of community outreach and engagement, site and infrastructure studies, and financial impact research, Council Members voted and approved one of the six diverse "center options" presented to them.


More details will be coming in the months ahead, but view a few details about the option agreed upon:

  • Amenities included: Sports dome, indoor playground, community rooms and gathering spaces, climbing wall, performance space and early childhood education
  • Cost: $18.87 million with an annual operating subsidy of $50,000
  • Financial Impact: Current projections imply a tax increase on a $300,000 valued home of $47 per year, or $3.92 per month
  • Location: Shoppes at Cottage View site (near the intersection of Keats Avenue and East Point Douglas Road)
  • Possible Partners: Partnerships would decrease taxpayer impact. The City is exploring partnerships with athletic associations, the school district and community organizations. Partnerships with retailers and service providers are also a possibility.
  • Referendum: Question would appear on the November 2020 ballot

Community Center Options

Go to the Community Center page to learn more. You can take a look at all 6 options Council Members considered, dig into the most recent community survey, learn more about the City's resident outreach and site selection process, and analyze financial data from the past 3 years of research.

Community Center Documents