NEW SKATE PARK
The City of Saint Paul has a new seasonal skate park at Dayton’s Bluff Recreation Center. This project was started when recreation center staff noticed the tennis courts being underutilize in recent years. They reached out to City of Skate, and began conversations around creating a pop-up skate park, an amenity growing in popularity, instead. Utilizing recycled materials like old basketball hoops helped reduce costs while providing creative, eco-friendly, and unique design features for this skate park. This is the 7th skate park feature in Saint Paul, and the 3rd skating feature built in the past year. To view a map of all the skate parks around Saint Paul, visit www.stpaul.gov/parkmaps.
AWARD FOR FROGTOWN COMMUNITY CENTER
JLG Architects has been awarded the AIA Minneapolis Merit Award for the 2019 design of Frogtown Community Center in St. Paul. The $7.3 million community center replaced the prior 1970s Scheffer Recreation Center at the corner of Como Avenue and Marion Street. The new facility gives the neighborhood 24,500 square feet of culturally inclusive community, educational, fitness, sports, and activity space. The Frogtown neighborhood is home to thousands of first- and second-generation Hmong and East African immigrants. To create an equitable space that would meet diverse needs, JLG kicked off planning in 2016, engaging members of the neighborhood, St. Paul Parks & Recreation, and local artists to advance the design of a multi-generational hub for amenities and wellness-driven recreation.