An approximately 2.2-million dollar revamp of the Spring Lake Park Swim Facility in North Mankato has been approved to update the sand bottom pool that was constructed in the 1960’s.

Global Specialties was the lone bidder on the project and was awarded the contract. Improvements will resolve numerous structural and accessibility issues at the aging pool, along with a few new amenities.

Spring Lake Swim Facility. Photo courtesy of the City of North Mankato.

In October, the City Council rejected a 2.8-million dollar bid on the project from Global Specialties, which came in 959-thousand dollars over estimates from USA Aquatics.

City Administrator John Harrenstein says the project will ensure that the facility continues to operate well into the future.

“We did not borrow any money backed by the taxpayers last year. So, this fits nicely within our two year borrowing plan with the city. And we will maintain the tax rate, there will be no pressure on the tax rate to increase as a result of this project.”

Construction on the swim facility is slated to begin in August, with completion before the swim season in 2019.