Improvements Planned for Shoreview Commons Park
When Ramsey County decided to upgrade and reconstruct its new Library adjacent to the current library building, the City felt it was important to update the Master Plan for the entire Shoreview Commons site. The 40-acre Shoreview Commons area, located at the northeast corner of Highway 96 and Victoria Street, includes the Community Center, City Hall, Ramsey County Library, Haffeman Pavilion and surrounding park area. The key goals for this update were to enhance connectivity between facilities, ensure good pedestrian access, and explore the potential for a variety of park improvements to continue to develop Shoreview Commons as the “Central Park” of Shoreview.
The first phase will take place in 2019 and will include items #1-5 below. The second phase will include items #6-7 and is currently proposed for 2021. Click on the images below to view the Master Plan and phase 1.
- Creation of a plaza and formal decorative pond on the backside of the pavilion that will serve as an outdoor wedding venue. The pone will be surrounded by trails, formal gardens, and landscaping and be used as a skating rink in the winter months.
- A new plaza-style skate park located closer to City Hall.
- Replacement of the current neighborhood playground located on Mound Avenue.
- Construction of 6 dedicated pickleball courts near the tennis/basketball court area.
- An improved pedestrian connection between the Community Center and Library, additional sidewalks, and parking lot modifications.
- Addition of a large destination playground as an anchor to an active park area.
- A new park building with restrooms and a concession stand near the destination playground area.
Community Center Expansion Now Complete
The Community Center expansion is now complete! The project included two distinct expansion areas including a major addition to the Tropics Indoor Water Park, Bamboo Bay, and a two-story expansion next to the gymnasium. Click on the boxes below to learn more about the improvements and expanded areas.
The 7,000 square-foot addition to Tropics Indoor Water Park, opened in December. This new area features a shallow splash pool with zero-depth entry, a large play structure with a number of slides, sprays, and large buckets that will provide hours of fun! Two cabanas are now available to rent for parties in this area.
Several renovations were completed in the existing Tropics Indoor Water Park. The pool deck was replaced with a new, rubber tile flooring system that is softer and much more slip-resistant than traditional pool deck surfaces. Family locker rooms were expanded to create eight new family changing and shower rooms. All locker rooms were updated with the same slip-resistant flooring as the pool deck.
The playground area was doubled in size and expanded to provide a large toddler play area, improved seating, and many new, exciting play features on the existing playground. A new entrance means parents and children no longer need to walk through the gym to access the playground. The playground expansion includes a small, semi-private area that may be rented for birthday parties. The new playground opened in late September.
The Fitness Center was expanded to create a new functional training and stretching area located directly across from the adult locker rooms and a new entrance to the Fitness Center. The new area allows us to better locate the fitness equipment throughout the Center. Additional updates include new carpeting and flooring throughout the Fitness Center. The Fitness Center renovations were completed in early September.
Four new group fitness studios were created on the lower level of the two-story addition. These studios have state-of-the-art sound and light systems, which means a wider variety of fitness classes are now available during peak times. One cycling-dedicated studio includes a video screen, which creates more interactive classes. The studios have dedicated storage areas to provide more floor space for class participants in the studio. The new fitness studios were completed in mid-July. Fitness classes can be purchased with a GroupX fitness card, membership is not required.
Four new Activity Rooms were built on the main floor of the Community Center. The Park and Recreation department uses these rooms to host newly expanded programming, including art and cultural programs, science programs, and senior programs. One room is also equipped with a teaching kitchen. New classes include music, art, drama, cooking, and more. The Activity Rooms also host senior fitness classes and a preschool class during the day. On weekends they can be rented for birthday parties and events of 30-75 people. The new Activity Rooms opened in mid-July.