Good for the heart: Veterans Memorial Community Center offers the best in health and fitness


Veterans Memorial Community Center in Inver Grove Heights has something for everyone, from fitness classes to an indoor water park to an ice skating rink.

The Grove’s Indoor Water Park, which was recenty renovated, has new play structures to keep the kids entertained along with a seperate lap pool.

The indoor ice rink is a great way to partake in a winter pastime without worrying about Mother Nature.

From freezing temperatures to dangerous snowstorms, it can be difficult to feel motivated enough to keep moving during the depths of winter. However, members of Veterans Memorial Community Center don’t let the weather get them down or keep them in.

VMCC is known as the heart of the Inver Grove Heights community, with inclusivity being at the heart of the center. Guests and members of all ages and from a variety of backgrounds visit the center for fitness and swimming.

“You don’t have to be a resident of Inver Grove Heights to visit or become a member,” says center Guest Services Coordinator Lisa Lamey. “We get a lot of people from surrounding communities who come and work out or use our pool.”

VMCC offers an extensive fitness center, with state-of-the-art weight, strength and cardio equipment, as well as an indoor walking track. The aquatic center features a newly renovated water park that is available for birthday parties, as well as a lap pool.

Swimming lessons are available starting for six-month-olds, and all the way into adulthood. Red Cross-certified instructors are available for parent-taught and private lessons. Along with swimming lessons, the center also offers lifeguard training. 

If winter sports are more appealing, VMCC houses two indoor ice rinks, one of them recently renovated. Ice skates are available to rent, as well as walkers for beginners.

The center keeps community at the heart of everything it does. It hosts not only Simley High School swim team meets, but also the school’s hockey games. 

“This is such a great center to have for a community this size,” Lamey says. “We really want everyone to be a part of it. It truly is for the community.”

From high school sports, the center also has programs for young people just starting out with athletics.

“We offer a more supportive, less competitive environment for kids sports,” says Stephanie Waegener, the center’s communications specialist. “It allows kids to build foundational skills that go into any sport they’re interested in. We really want to focus on kids having a good time while they also develop some skills. All of them get to play and participate.”

Veterans Memorial Community Center offers membership plans that can work in conjunction with insurance plans, allowing users to get discounts or reimbursements. Daily visitors are also welcome and pay a sigle-day fee. VMCC members are offered a number of discounts, from breaks on fitness classes to deals on the annual summer camp, Kids R.O.C.K.

The community center offers its gymnasium, which is sponsored by the National Guard Armory, to be rented out for larger gatherings. From weddings to community events, it’s available for any big-time event. 

The commnity center  has multiple long-term employees who are on a first-name basis with members. With a close-knit team working alongside a tight-knit community, Veterans Memorial Community Center offers the best in health and fitness.

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