After Sunday’s final swim of the season, for both people and their pets, officials on Monday broke ground a renovation at Spring Lake Park.

North Mankato City Administrator John Harrenstein says the $3.2 million project is the, “First major renovation and improvement at the Spring Lake Park pool since its construction in the 1960’s.” Harrenstein said it will improve safety and access and provide features that haven’t been available in an outdoor facility in our area up to this point.

The project includes a PVC liner to keep the water cleaner, an open-flume slide, a toddler slide, and a zero-depth entry to ensure access for everyone. Also in the works for the park are a zip line and a 45-foot long rock climbing wall.

Mayor Mark Dehen says, “In many ways this project represents with the City of North Mankato is all about – safety, access, growth, and livability.”

Construction is expected to be complete in time for the 2019 summer swimming season.