Public invited to fill out community wellness center survey

The Cambridge Regional Wellness Center Task Force has moved forward to the next — and possibly most important — step in its process for determining the feasibility of opening a community wellness center in the area.

The task force was created in December 2022, following a series of informal meetings between representatives of the City of Cambridge, Isanti County, Cambridge-Isanti Schools, Allina Health Cambridge Medical Center, the East Central Ministerial organizations, and a community-based investment company. Those meetings were the beginnings of research into the feasibility of a community center in the area, along with what such a center would look like.

Following its formal formation, the group arranged for the acceptance of a pair of grants to be exclusively used for gathering feedback on the feasibility of such a project.

Beginning last week, an online survey at was created to receive feedback from not only residents of Cambridge, but all of Isanti County and anyone else who might have an interest in utilizing such a facility. The survey takes about three to five minutes to complete and includes questions such as how important people feel certain features are in a community center. Some of the options include an indoor fieldhouse, indoor gym space, a swimming pool, a walking/jogging track, etc. Each category is ranked between “very important,” “somewhat important,” “unimportant,” or “very unimportant.”

“This task force is committed to exploring a regional wellness center that would combine elements of a traditional ‘swim and gym’ space and provide intergenerational programming and childcare focused on community input,” read a press release announcing the survey. “Members of the task force are passionate about achieving the present and future needs of the community, ensuring this project is a collaborative effort, as well as pursuing diverse and creative funding strategies to minimize the impact on the local tax base.”

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