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Van Cleve Park Wading Pool Improvements

Location: Van Cleve Park


Jon Duesman
Construction Project Manager

Project Description

Community meetings were held with the MPRB and neighborhood stakeholders in March 2014 to discuss proposed plans for wading pool improvements. The MRPB gathered input from stakeholders at these community meetings to help shape the design for the new wading pool. Newly renovated MPRB wading pools typically feature water play features which provide greater excitement and enjoyment. Given the high volume of pool use the community expressed a greater need for a larger pool versus incorporating water play features. A small pool mechanical building will be constructed adjacent to the wading pool to facilitate the operation of the pool.

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Project Phase

The project is currently in the construction document phase.


Project Milestones


  • Construction Complete
  • Grand Opening

Spring 2015

  • Construction to begin

Project History

Spring 2014

  • Gathered additional community input with an online survey, available from March 30, 2014 to April 28, 2014

March 27, 2014

March 3, 2014

February 19, 2014

  • Board Action -

February 26, 2014

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All meetings with neighborhood residents will be held from 5:30-7pm at the Van Cleve Park Recreation Building located at 901 15th Avenue SE in Minneapolis.

Meeting #2 - March 27, 2013

  • The second of two meetings will present a preferred concept plan for the improvements based on input and project budget
  • Revised Conception Plan

Meeting #1 - March 13, 2013

  • The first of two meetings will provide analysis about the existing wading pool and its infrastructure
  • This meeting will also involve discussion about the concept ideas for pool improvements presented at the meeting


Van Cleve Park is a neighborhood park located in the Como neighborhood. The 1,500 square foot wading pool at Van Cleve Park was originally constructed around 1948. The current wading pool is not ADA accessible.

The pool is heavily used by children from nearby neighborhood pre‚Äźschools and day care centers. Given this large volume of pool use Recreation staff felt if the size of the pool could be increased it would be a benefit.

The plan is to replace the existing wading pool with a zero depth entry pool and upgrade the site amenities associated with the pool, similar to how the Park Board has been upgrading its other more recent wading pools.

The incorporation of water play features for added play value proves to be successful with regards to the community. Even with mature trees positioned around the pool the addition of at least one shade structure system would provide more reliable relief from the sun. Realigning the entrance to the pool on the south side seems to make the most sense to cut down on maintenance concerns and provide more direct access into the pool area.


Capital Sources: 2013 Net Debt Bonds

  • Amount: $500,000

Park History: p. 256-258

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