Public welcome to experience renovated Lake Elmo Swim Pond upgrades, ribbon-cutting Aug. 1
The public is welcome to experience the upgrades that the Lake Elmo Park Reserve swim pond, underwent this summer, when it reopens Aug. 1.
A ribbon-cutting for the pond is planned for 2:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1, at the pond.
There are several upgrades to the pond, and changes to the surrounding area that will better serve the thousands of visitors to Lake Elmo Park Reserve annually. The pond, built in 1986, was starting to show its age. Workers replaced the aging pond infrastructure, and added amenities and better Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility. The maximum depth of pond was reduced from six feet to four feet, and the liner was replaced, as were the pipes that carry water in and out of the pond and the “skimmers” that filter the water to keep it safe.
Visitors will see improvements that include more shade trees, sidewalks, and benches, as well as accessibility in parking areas, accessible picnic tables, and a hard-surfaced, zero-depth entry into the pond.
Extra park staff will be available at the park in the early weeks of the pond reopening to help explain new procedures.
Overall project funding for the pond upgrade was made possible through Metropolitan Council grants of $1.4 million from a combination of state and Metropolitan Council general obligation bonds and Parks and Trails Fund appropriations.
Work in the future will include an upgrade of the concession stands and lifeguard building.
Lake Elmo Park Reserve is at the intersection of County Road 19 and County Road 10 (one mile north of Interstate 94) in Lake Elmo. See the Washington County website at www.co.washington.mn.us/parks for more information.