Open houses invite community comment for new Como Park pool


At the end of the season last year, the Como Park swimming pool in St. Paul closed for good. It had deteriorated to the point where it could no longer be repaired. During the winter months a task force was formed to begin planning for construction of a new pool. The city of St. Paul is seeking input from the community, and will hold open houses on March 18 and 19 from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory Visitor’s Center.

For more information, check out the Como Park Alliance.

In addition to the evening open houses, the design team from US Aquatics will set up a design studio at the Visitor’s Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 18 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 19. The public is welcome to drop in to visit the design workshop; however daytime hours are for observation only, while the evening open house times will offer an opportunity for feedback and comments from the community.

In addition to replacement of the pool other ideas are being considered including concession sales, extended evening hours, music and bandshell , parking and traffic changes, party rental, tennis court relocation, water slides, and year-round activities.

Estimated design and construction costs for the new pool total $7 million. After the task force completes its work, and community input is complete, recommendations will be forwarded to the city’s Capital Improvement Budget (CIB) Committee.

Mary Thoemke, a lifelong resident of Saint Paul, is a free lance writer for the Twin Cities Daily Planet.