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Great River Water Park to reopen on Saturday, February 18

To Our Saint Paul Community:  

The decision to close Oxford Community Center as the result of a shooting incident last month was both difficult and unprecedented, but a necessary step to center our focus on healing and recovery for our community, our youth, and our staff. We appreciate your patience and support throughout this process, and we continue to hold close everyone impacted by this event.   

This Saturday, February 18 we are reopening Oxford Community Center. We look forward to welcoming the community back inside—with a strengthened commitment to providing a safe facility and positive experiences for everyone who walks through the door. All are welcome to join us for free open swim from 12-5 p.m., gym games, and other recreational activities on Saturday. Starting Sunday, February 19, regular building and programming hours will resume. 

Over the past few weeks, we have spent time evaluating our current operations and procedures. We have been engaging with our staff, residents, and community partners to develop a roadmap toward reopening.  

These conversations remain open and ongoing, but we have identified several initial measures we will take to increase safety, security, and support at Oxford Community Center. Prior to reopening or shortly thereafter, we will be modifying our building with a new access control system, security camera upgrades, and improved common areas. Our team members will receive additional training and onsite support, and we will be making changes to our staffing model to better serve the needs of the facility.  

We are working closely with our police department, Saint Paul Public Schools, violence prevention groups, and other community stakeholders as we continue to improve the Oxford Community Center experience for all. We will provide updates on these changes on the facility website and welcome and encourage feedback and dialogue from neighbors and users of the facility. 

I look forward to seeing you at Oxford Community Center soon, 

Andy Rodriguez, Director 

Saint Paul Parks and Recreation  

About Great River Water Park

Great River Water Park is Saint Paul's premier indoor aquatics facility offering two water slides, a splash pool, diving board, lap pool, water aerobics, swimming lessons, concessions, and more. Great River Water Park is conveniently located right off the Lexington Ave exit on highway 94 inside Oxford Community Center in Saint Paul's Summit-University neighborhood. 

Great River Water Park
Oxford Community Center
270 N. Lexington Parkway
Saint Paul, MN 55104
Ph: 651-642-0650

Last Edited: February 21, 2023