City seeks input on community center

City of Homer asks people to fill out survey on multipurpose community center.

The City of Homer has launched a survey to gather information from the public to help create a vision for a new multi-purpose community center in Homer, according to a press release.

A new multi-purpose community center will be a redevelopment project at the HERC (Homer Education and Recreation Campus) located at the corner of Pioneer Avenue and Sterling Highway. This gateway location is key in steering commerce to the downtown area and will be an attractive entrance to the city.

The goal of the survey is to learn more about the town’s interests, needs and priorities for the kinds of recreation, special events, arts and education programs they currently participate in and ones they would support at a redesigned campus.

The city encourages Homer residents and business owners to complete the survey, as well as residents outside city limits who use or are interested in using a community center. Survey results will help identify a combination of needed and feasible activities that could be housed there, including the potential for private investment.

To participate in the survey, visit the City of Homer website,, to complete it online. Or, pick up a paper copy of the survey at Homer City Hall, the Homer Public Library, the HERC and SPARC. The survey will stay open through Jan. 10, 2022.

Community discussions on the community center will be held at these times and places:

• 10 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Jan. 4, at the HERC Gymnasium

• Noon-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, at the Homer Public Library’s Fireplace Lounge.

Stantec, a design firm based in Anchorage, is leading the city through the process and will analyze data results. A conceptual design of the project will follow, based on the needs expressed from the survey.