2323 11th Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Grand opening in early spring!
The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board (MPRB) is on track to open its first year-round, indoor swimming facility in early spring. Watch for a save-the-date announcement for the grand opening for both the aquatics center and the renovated fitness center, as soon as a date is confirmed. In the meantime, read on to find out what’s in store in the coming weeks, as final construction and facility preparations take place.
Watch for February’s announcement about operating hours; classes and programs; admission fees, other costs and scholarship availability; and more.
The MPRB will use Phillips Aquatics Center to teach people how to swim and to provide year-round opportunities for recreational, fitness and competitive swimming. The aquatics center will open in spring 2018 after a renovation and expansion of Phillips Community Center. It serves as MPRB’s only indoor swimming facility, a “first” that follows the 2015 opening of the Webber Pool, the first natural-filtration pool in the U.S., located in North Minneapolis.
Phillips Aquatics Center was originally known as Phillips Pool and Gym. When it opened in 1987, it included what was then the city’s only community-accessible indoor pool. The MPRB had acquired both the pool and gym facilities from the school board when the surrounding junior high school was demolished. The Boys and Girls Club leased and operated Phillips Pool and Gym for 20 years, but the pool was closed when the club returned the building to the MPRB in 2008.
After a $1.6 million renovation in 2009, the building reopened as the Phillips Community Center, with leasing opportunities for community organizations. Discussions about renovating the pool, which took place among officials from state, city and county governments, the school and park boards and neighborhood organizations, progressed to the planning phase in 2015. Funding to restore the existing pool and add a teaching pool came from numerous sources, including the MPRB, the State of Minnesota, Minneapolis Public Schools, and Hennepin County’s Youth Sports Grant program.
Spring Session 2018:
6 swim lessons over 6 weeks; one lesson per week.
Minneapolis residents: $45
Non- residents: $55
*Schloarships available for Minneapolis residents who qualify.
We offer youth swim lessons for various ages and skill levels.
Parent Tot: A class for children ages 6 months to 4 years old, accompanied by a parent, and ready for fun in the water! Participates focus on water adjustment activities, acclimation, building a healthy relationship with water, and supported movements.
Pre-Level 1: Pre-Level 1 is an introduction swimming lessons for 3 to 5 year olds. Water adjustment and skills involving movement in the water will be taught along with skills for basic forms of swimming and appropriate water safety skills.
Level 1: Level 1 is designed for the non-swimmer ages 5 years and older. Participants orient themselves with the aquatics environment and create a strong foundation to aquatics and safety skills.
Level 2: Level 2 is designed for students to expand on fundamental swimming and safety skills.
Level 3: Level 3 is designed to increase swimming skills and practice non-swimming rescue skills.
Level 4: Level 4 is designed to develop confidence in strokes and safety skills beyond the proceeding levels.
Adult Beginner: Adult beginner is an introduction to swimming for adult non-swimmers at North Commons water park. Water orientation and stroke skills involving movement in the water will be taught along with skills for basic swimming and water safety.
Final details are in the works for a variety of aquatics programs: swim lessons; open swim for families, seniors, teens; water aerobics; dedicated swim times for a range of groups; and much more. Following MPRB’s mission and philosophy, all programs are based on the following objectives:
Aquatics programs will be published online in mid-February, and registration begins at the end of February.
Fabrics NOT Allowed:
Examples of What to Wear in the Water
Daily Rate: $5
Monthly Rate: $45
3-Month Seasonal Rate: $129
Fall: September, October, November
Winter: December, January, February
Spring: March, April, May
Summer: June, July, August
Registration for passes and programs coming late February!
More information coming late February.