Shoreview Community Center expansion halfway done

courtesy of City of Shoreview • The expansion of the Shoreview Community Center will include a 7,000-square-foot addition to the waterpark and a 15,000-square-foot expansion next to the current gym.

The roughly $15.6 million expansion of the Shoreview Community Center is nearing its halfway point. 

Shoreview City Council members broke ground on the project in October, beginning construction on improvements to the community center, which the city says sees more than 500,000 users each year.

Progress made so far, according to a March expansion update by the city, has been to the roof and walls. Construction has moved to the interior, causing some partial closures at the center.

The indoor track and Fitness Studio 1 both closed this month and open again in July. 

The Tropics Indoor Water Park is also closed until the 7,000-square-foot expansion of it is complete. The existing water park will reopen in early June, according to the city’s expansion update, and the new expanded-area to the waterpark will open in the fall. 

During the shutdown, active annual members will receive a household credit for the months the pool is closed and those with prepaid annual memberships will have their accounts credited. The city update says members can still use the fitness center, gymnasium and indoor playground during the closure. 

The “city greatly appreciates your patience and support during this project” and the expansion will better serve residents and members, the city update said. 

The community center opened in 1990 as Shoreview’s social, recreational and cultural focal point, said Mayor Sandy Martin at the groundbreaking. The city update says the center has “truly become the central gathering place for residents,” and that the city has been “studying and planning an expansion to the building for the past few years” in order to keep it an “active, vibrant facility.”

In the expansion update, the city says the council, the Parks and Recreation Commission and city staff worked closely with architects to develop an expansion plan that will “create exciting new amenities and spaces” for activities and programs that will “further enhance” the community center’s “appeal to the community.”

Speaking at the Oct. 23 groundbreaking, Martin said the community is supportive of the expansion, and that the project is also a business decision. The community center, which charges “nonprofit” rates, she said, does compete with for-profit gyms and fitness centers, so keeping it competitive was a part of the city’s motivation to build.


What’s happening

The water park expansion includes a new zero-depth shallow water splash pool, aquatic play structure with slides and water sprays, mens and womens locker room renovations and an increase in family changing rooms from two to seven. 

The other focal point of the project is a two-level, 15,000-square-foot expansion next to the current gym. The new space will be used for four new group fitness studios, a larger indoor playground area and four new multipurpose meeting and activity rooms.

The lower level will have a new entrance to the expanded indoor playground with an improved toddler play area and seating area for adults. 

The seating area for the Wave Cafe will also be expanded and remodeled to include new booths next to the gym. 

The upper level will have four new multi-purpose meeting and activity rooms used for things like the city’s full-day summer child care program, expanded art and cultural programs for youth and adults, and as a general meeting space. The perch on the second level will also have a new outdoor deck accessible from the Fireside Lounge, according to the city. 

According to city documents, the multi-million dollar project is being paid for with general obligation abatement bonds that the city will pay over 20 years, and with money from capital project funds.

For those who wish to stay up-to-date on community center closures and other expansion news, the city recommends signing up for a bi-monthly expansion newsletter at 


— Solomon Gustavo


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