The Tomahawk Ridge Community Center opened in August 1988 in conjunction with the former Tomahawk Ridge Elementary School.
The concept for a combined community center and school started in 1985 when the Blue Valley School District approached the city about building a new elementary school on a piece of property the city owned at 119th Street and Lowell.
The city had an interest in working with the district, but wanted to include a 12,000 square foot community center as part of the project.
After lengthy negotiations, a creative agreement was developed for the construction and operation of the facility.
The agreement leased the ground and a portion of the building to the school district for 30 years, and allowed each facility to have their own portion of the building. When the building was no longer needed by the district, the city would take ownership of the entire facility.
At the end of the 2002-03 school year, Tomahawk Ridge Elementary closed because of changing demographics, and the city took over official ownership of the building.
The police department moved into the basement and in one wing in the upper level of the building, leaving 40,000 square feet for a future expanded community center.
Construction on that expanded center began in June 2007, and the newly renovated community center opened on Jan. 2, 2008.