Project Location

Phillips Community Center
2323 11th Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Project Manager

Dana Murdoch
Phone: 612-230-6446

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Language Resources

Correo Electró


Current Phase: Construction
Construction: 2017-2018

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Project Milestones

Early Spring 2018

  • Anticipated grand opening

January 2018

  • Construction wraps up; transition to staffing, training and operations begins

Spring 2017

  • Begin construction

November 30, 2016

October 21, 2015

October 7, 2015

August-September 2015

  • Community Engagement and Schematic Design Development







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Community Engagement

Community Engagement Plan [PDF]

The Phillips Community Center Aquatics project has a non-appointed Community Advisory Committee (CAC) and a Project Advisory Committee (PAC) of MPRB staff from all departments to help guide the design for the project. Additional outreach to primary stakeholder groups will be identified in the Community Engagement Plan.



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The Phillips Community Center was once part of Phillips Junior High School. The school, and subsequently the neighborhood, was named for Wendell Phillips, an abolitionist orator. Following the Civil War, Phillips turned his attention to fighting for Native American rights and women’s suffrage.

MPRB acquired the pool and gym of Phillips Junior High School in 1987. The facility had been slated to be demolished with the rest of the school in 1982, but instead a deal was reached with the park board to take over the facility. The original school was constructed in 1926 and the pool and gym were added in 1973.

The ownership of the facility was transferred from the school board to the MPRB at no cost, but $1.5 million was spent to renovate the facility making it the most expensive recreation facility in the park system. It was also the only indoor swimming pool owned by the park board.

The first primary tenant at the Phillips Pool and Gym was the Jack Cornelius Boys and Girls Club which ran the operations of the pool and gym. In addition, the YMCA operated a daycare center in the building and Pillsbury United Communities conducted programs as well.

In 2008 the Boys and Girls Club withdrew from the facility and the MPRB took control of the building. The MPRB runs recreation programs at the Phillips Community Center and has multiple community-based tenants in the building. The indoor pool has not been in use since 2008.

The project budget for the Phillips Community Center Aquatics Facility totals $5,466,000. Secured funding in the amount of $4,531,000 includes State of Minnesota General Obligation Bond ($1,750,000), Hennepin Youth Sports Program grant ($325,000), MPRB matching funds ($45,000), Minneapolis Public Schools ($1,750,000), Commissioner District 3 and 6 contingency funds and general reserves ($220,000), and reallocation of Capital Levy funds ($441,000).

In addition, pledged financial support in the amount of $935,000 has been obtained through the efforts of Minneapolis Swims, a non-profit group aimed at equity and access for swimming opportunities in the City of Minneapolis.

Park History

See David C. Smith's Parks, Lakes, Trails and So Much More [PDF].