MPRB and Partners Break Ground on Phillips Aquatics Center

Opening in winter 2018, the expanded facility will serve as MPRB’s only indoor, year-round aquatics center.

On Tuesday, March 28, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and a host of partners, funders and other supporters gathered at the Phillips Community Center to break ground on a major expansion and renovation project. The project includes restoration of a six-lane pool, closed since 2008, and construction of a new four-lane pool, and will open in late winter of 2017-2018 as the Phillips Aquatics Center.

“This is an exciting moment for the Park Board,” said MPRB Superintendent Jayne Miller. “We are not just restoring a community asset, but expanding it. In turn, the Phillips Aquatics Center will greatly expand opportunities for people of all ages in Minneapolis to learn how to swim.”

A wide range of individuals and organizations that have been involved in the project, which “really would not be possible without the passion and determination of the community and the generous funding support from local and state organizations that share in the vision for this new facility,” Miller said. “It’s a prime example of what can be achieved when partners work together to develop a vision and leverage their investments.”