Changes Have Come to the Community Center ... And More Are On The Way

The play area is bigger and there is a new sound system in the fitness area. You can tell Eden Prairie staff what you think of possible aquatic improvements at a meeting March 6.

Have you been to the Eden Prairie Community Center lately? It might looks and sound a little different than you remember.

New Sound System

Earlier this month, city staff announced that a new sound system was installed in the fitness area. "The transmitter system that allows users to listen to televisions while using cardio machines has been updated to improve the range and clarity of sound," according to a city news release. "As part of the update, the existing individual transmitters on cardio machines have been removed."

You can listen to the new system with an FM headset or a smartphone FM radio app, according to the city.

Play Structure

The children's play structure was recently expanded, according to the city. 

It "allows for more movement opportunities and an area for older children to have social interaction."

What's To Come?

In his most recent blog post, City Manager Rick Getschow wrote that the aquatic facilities need to be updated. 

"The pool is the only component of the Community Center that was not renovated during the 2008 improvements," he wrote.

He lists the various issues that were identified in a feasibility study, and then these possible improvements:

1. Build a lap swimming pool that includes:

  • Cool Water Temperature
  • 12 Lap Lanes
  • Starting Blocks
  • A Diving/Deep Water Exercise/Climbing Wall Pool

2. Build a recreational swimming pool that includes:

  • Warm Water Temperature
  • Leisure Swim Lap Lanes
  • Zero-Depth Entry Family Recreation Area with Play Features
  • Flexible Swim Class Areas with Depths of 3–6 Feet
  • Water Slide

"As you can imagine, the cost of these improvements could be significant," Getschow wrote. "We are currently evaluating how many of these improvements should be made and how they could be phased in over time—and we want feedback."

The city staff is hosting a town hall meeting at 6:30 p.m. March 6 at the Community Center.

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