AP Begins Demolition of Golden Valley’s Nearly 100-Year-Old Brookview Community Center


MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.—On Monday, October 9, the City of Golden Valley and Adolfson & Peterson Construction (AP) held a ceremonial demolition event at the nearly 100-year-old Brookview Community Center. City Council representatives, city employees, community members and key project stakeholders took part in the event, getting a chance to sledgehammer away at the aged and outdated, yet memory-filled building.

The original 1920s Brookview Community Center had been expanded and remodeled several times; but with critical repairs looming, the City decided to invest in a new building which would better suit the community’s needs. AP began construction of the new 37,000 sf Brookview building in October 2016, which is expected to be complete and open to the public at the beginning of December 2017.

“It’s a big step [for the City]… but I think people are going to realize the quality of the new facility…” City of Golden Valley Mayor, Shep Harris mentioned. The new building will be a year-round community gathering spot offering recreation, relaxation and celebration opportunities for all ages. The new Brookview will include: two golf courses (18-hole regulation 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; a full-service restaurant adjacent to the outdoor patio, fire pit and deck with a family-friendly atmosphere and gorgeous view of the golf course; a multi-level indoor playground for kids ages 2-12 with slides, crawl tubes, cargo climbs, bumper balls, log rollers, cave crawls and morealso features two small party rooms within the play area; full-service banquet capabilities in the main room for up to 228 people, featuring floor to ceiling windows with spectacular views of the golf course and two adjacent decks which allow guests to enjoy both indoor and outdoor spaces, as well as three additional small group/meeting rooms; and offices for staff as Golden Valley’s Seniors activities and Parks and Recreation will be housed out of Brookview.

After the first ceremonial sledgehammer swings, a hydraulic excavator stepped in to speed up the process. 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 in a new facility to better serve today’s needs of Golden Valley.