Brief History and Community Involvement to Date:
The 8,300 square foot recreation center was built in 1974 and is one of the most highly attended recreation center in the city and the only full time center for its neighborhood. Though some capital maintenance funding has already been spent for critical repairs, the entire building is in need of major updating to meet the current needs of the community, Americans with Disability Act (ADA) standards, and energy efficiency.
In the 2008-2009 CIB process, funding was acquired for a preliminary study documenting issues and analyzing how best to proceed with improvements. This study provided a general direction to the city on how best to accomplish the goal of making this recreation center meet the demands of this neighborhood and also provided a cost estimate that was used in a request for 2010-2011 CIB funds.Proposed and tentative CIB funding has been approved for 2014, 2015, and 2016.
An architectural team was selected for the Facility Upgrade Study in 2009 and compiled information that was shared with the community.
West Seventh Fort Road Federation Office
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Their recommendations featured major remodeling and expansion concepts for the first floor, relocation of the play area and adjustments to the layout of the athletic fields.
The following are the key concepts for the proposed design of the Palace Recreation Center based on meetings with St. Paul Parks and Recreation staff and community participants. Several options were investigated. Option B was discussed.
Palace square footage listing memo
* Palace Concept Designs
Project manager: Chris Stark
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