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North End Community Center

Located in St. Paul’s most diverse neighborhood, the new North End Community Center is intended to provide a community gathering space that residents can call their own. Currently located in leased space the existing Rice Rec Center is missing spaces for many of the necessary services and amenities that are needed for this community. Sited adjacent to the existing Rice Street Library and in Fritz Clark Park, the North End Community Center project is a partnership between St. Paul Public Libraries and St. Paul Parks & Recreation. This all new facility will include 25,000 square feet of recreation spaces, fitness spaces for strength training and yoga, staff offices, community meeting rooms, a community kitchen and a teen center with a recording studio. The project also includes a complete revisioning of Fritz Clark park which will provide updated, modern outdoor amenities such as a multi-purpose soccer, football, baseball, and softball field, basketball court, outdoor playground and water feature. The revisioning of the site incorporates direct feedback from the community to better serve their interests as the population’s demographics change to include new cultures. Intended to be a sustainable design showcase for St. Paul, the project includes a high-efficiency geothermal heating and cooling system, on-site underground storm water management, and a roof mounted solar photovoltaic system. Designed to comply with Minnesota’s B3 program and SB2030, sustainable materials, water use reduction, and a focus on occupant wellness are all included in the project’s comprehensive building and site design.

St. Paul, Minnesota

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