Cold weather, hot start for Shoreview Community Center

courtesy of city of Shoreview Bamboo Bay at the Shoreview Community Center.

With the conclusion of its community center expansion project, the City of Shoreview is seeing boosted revenue and attendance at the building.

Figures presented at a Shoreview City Council work session on March 11 showed a 22-percent increase in users for January and February 2019, when compared to the previous four years. 

Revenue is up as well for the facility, which recently underwent a $16 million renovation. 

City Manager Terry Schwerm said the updates are off to a good start but also noted that wintry weather proved helpful.

“Usually, when kids are off school, we’re busy,” he said. “It’s a combination of factors, but I think the biggest factor is the community center expansion and the expanded indoor playground, as well as Bamboo Bay, the addition to our water park.”

The water park expansion can accommodate more people — 200 more than before, Schwerm said. The renovation also beefed up the center’s playground, rental space, fitness areas and locker rooms.

The figures include 116,026 daily, member and rental users in January and February, compared to about 92,000 for the first two months of 2018. Admissions revenue nearly doubled in comparison to 2018 and have raked in $248,867 so far for 2019, the data show. Total revenue for the center is up 43 percent.

“It’s some of what we anticipated,” Schwerm said. “We weren’t sure how big it was going to be, but we hoped and planned that if we added new amenities that we would attract more people.”

The city will seek bids this spring to begin improvements of the surrounding grounds, known as the Shoreview Commons. 


—Matt Hudson

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