Celebrate the new Northeast Recreation Center at Grand Opening on March 10

Posted on February 26, 2018

Northeast Recreation Center

Check out new 15,000-square-foot facility and register for summer programs

Join the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and Northeast Minneapolis neighbors and community members at a Grand Opening Celebration for the new Northeast Recreation Center on Saturday, March 10, 2018.

Northeast Recreation Center is located at 1530 Johnson St. NE, right next to Jim Lupient Water Park. It will be open from 9 am to 4 pm on March 10, with a great schedule of activities planned to showcase the new 15,000-square-foot facility:

9:00 am: Walking track open; Yoga class
9:00-11:30 am: Kids activities, music, face painting
10:00 am: Ribbon-cutting ceremony with remarks from local officials and light refreshments
10:30-11:30 am: Zumba class
12:00-2:00 pm: 11U basketball games

New recreation center features full-court gym, gym floor track, exercise/activity space and community kitchen and classroom

The new recreation center includes a full-court gym, community learning kitchen and classroom, multipurpose room, lobby with a ping pong and foosball table, and solar power installation on the roof. It was constructed using sustainable building practices and the MPRB is pursuing Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. Room, kitchen and gym rentals begin in mid-April; rental applications will be accepted beginning April 2.

A robust slate of programming begins this summer. There will be youth athletics, preschool, senior and adaptive programming, Rec Plus childcare and more! Follow the link below to view and register for programs starting in June:

Northeast Recreation Center Programs

Can’t make the Grand Opening? People may visit for a sneak preview of the building after it opens to the public on Monday, Feb. 26. Tour the building, play ping pong or foosball, or use the gym and gym floor walking track. Hours: Monday-Thursday 3-9 pm; Friday 3-7 pm, (changes to 3-9 pm starting March 16); Saturday 9-4 pm.

Plans for the new recreation center were first outlined in the Northeast Athletic Field Park Master Plan, a 25+ year vision for the park approved by the Board of Commissioners in 2014.

Funding for the $4.7 million project included a generous $100,000 donation from the Minneapolis Parks Foundation and Barbara Lupient and the Lupient Family. Northeast Athletic Field Park has benefited from longtime support from the Lupient family, which was also instrumental in funding the construction of Jim Lupient Water Park and youth scholarships for programs at the water park.

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