Phillips Aquatic Center Breaks Ground

Opening in late winter 2018, facilities include a renovated main pool and new teaching pool.

Last week, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and a host of partners, funders and other community supporters gathered at the Phillips Community Center to celebrate a milestone for a project that will bring swimming opportunities to central Minneapolis. The major expansion and renovation project includes restoration of a six-lane pool, closed since 2008, and construction of a new four-lane teaching pool.

The Phillips Aquatics Center will serve as MPRB’s only indoor swimming facility, another aquatics “first” that follows the 2015 opening of the Webber Pool, the first natural-filtration pool in the U.S., in North Minneapolis’ Webber-Camden neighborhood. Like Webber Pool, the new aquatics center will serve all of Minneapolis from a location that does not have proximity to MPRB’s swimming beaches or waterparks.

A fence went up around the site on March 29; however, the community center, Waite House and other organizations who lease space within the building will remain open throughout construction. A gate on 24th Street will provide access to the building’s primary west entrance, except during a four-month period expected from June through September, when all visitors will access the building’s east entrance on 13th Avenue.

Well over 100 people turned out for last week’s groundbreaking celebration, thanks not just to perfect early-spring weather, but due to the amazing number of individuals and organizations who participated in the project over the years. Visit the MPRB website for more about the groundbreaking and the Phillips Aquatics Center, including:

  • Project details and construction impacts
  • Images of March 28 event
  • Excerpts of remarks from many groundbreaking event speakers
  • Project cost and funding partners
  • And more

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