Shoreview Community Center construction nears end

The Tropical Adventure Indoor Playground, closed this summer as part of the Shoreview Community Center expansion, reopened Sept. 21. 

The updated playground has new play areas with replaced pads, more age-specific activities like slides and climbing spaces suitable for toddlers, and a designated zone that can be reserved for birthday parties. 

“We’ve added new things and renovated a lot of what was popular,” said Shoreview City Manager Terry Schwerm. The climbing wall was redone and new activities like a pogo-hopper were installed. 

The playground also has a new entryway. Before the expansion, parents had to walk through the basketball courts, shielding their little ones while bringing basketball or pickleball games to a halt. 

The playground is free to community center members. Daily rates for children ages 1 to 12 is $5.50. It’s open Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The work is part of a $15.6 million community center remodel and also includes an expansion of the center’s Tropics Indoor Waterpark, which includes the addition of a new zero-depth splash pool and aquatic play structure with slides and water sprays. The pool locker rooms were redone, increasing the number of family changing rooms from two to seven. 

City council members and other officials broke ground on the project in October 2017, and according to previous construction updates, work on the roofs and walls is complete.

Construction then moved to the interior, causing some partial closures at the center.

Other community center components like fitness studios, the indoor walking track, family locker rooms, and parts of the waterpark have since either reopened or partially reopened. 

The last big expansion update remaining to complete the project — which is set to finish up this fall — is work on the waterpark.

Schwerm said the pool additions should be ready in November.

 

—Solomon Gustavo

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