Ready for bids: the Shoreview Community Center is expanding


One of the most striking features of Shoreview’s planned $13 million expansion and update of its community center is the tall windows that will wrap around the building, allowing plenty of light to enter the pool area. Patio seating will be available outside as well. submitted photo

The new fitness center addition as seen from the north. The expansion and update is planned to be complete in summer or fall of 2018. submitted photo

Four new fitness studios on the lower level of the building will be state-of-the-art and modern, said Shoreview City Manager Terry Schwerm. They’ll be used for group fitness classes and youth activities. submitted photo

The parts of the facility shown in dark yellow are additions to the Shoreview Community Center. The sections in a paler yellow are areas that will be remodeled. Those additions and changes to the facility include a larger pool area with more family changing rooms and more swimming space, as well as added fitness studios and space in the indoor playground and more. submitted photo

The parts of the facility shown in dark yellow are additions to the Shoreview Community Center. The sections in a paler yellow are areas that will be remodeled. Those additions and changes to the facility include a larger pool area with more family changing rooms and more swimming space, as well as added fitness studios and space in the indoor playground and more. submitted photo

The Shoreview Community Center is known for its indoor water park, but what some folks may not know is that the facility will soon undergo a $13 million facelift.

The idea of significantly updating the suburb’s community center isn’t new; it’s something city officials have considered for years. 

But now, it’s a reality. 

At its Aug. 7 meeting, the Shoreview City Council adopted a resolution that approved current plans and specifications as well as the opening of project bids on Sept. 7. 

City Manager Terry Schwerm said bids for the various projects at the community center will likely be awarded at the beginning of October. 

 

According to Mayor Sandy Martin, the recreation facility was first designed in 1989, and at the time, city officials never envisioned that its visitor base would grow to half a million people per year.

The building at 4580 Victoria St. N. opened to the public in 1990 and has since undergone a few renovations here and there — including the addition of a couple meeting spaces and upgrades to the indoor playground and fitness areas — but nothing so large-scale as what’s been approved.

Martin said she’s heard from many residents asking for the center to be updated and improved.

One of the most asked-for updates, she said, is the addition of more family changing rooms in the waterpark. 

The Tropics Waterpark will see far more than just those added family changing rooms via the expansion — though the addition of those rooms is greatly anticipated, Martin said.

Tom Simonson, Shoreview’s assistant city manager and community development director, explained the space that is currently home to the outdoor wading pool, which has been closed for a number of years, will be folded into the waterpark, creating a space mainly for toddlers.

Schwerm added that the pool area itself will see a 7,000-square-foot addition, meaning about 100 more people can enjoy swimming, wading and playing in the water at any given time.

The project will be financed primarily through a bond issue with the debt service being paid from a variety of sources, Schwerm explained. That will include existing capital project funds and an increase in the city’s debt levy. 

According to Schwerm, the entire project will likely be completed by the summer or fall of 2018.

 

Jesse Poole can be reached at jpoole@lillienews.com or at 651-748-7815


 

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