New Hope Approves Contracts for Civic Center Park Overhaul
The New Hope City Council approved contracts this week to begin construction on a new outdoor pool at Civic Center Park.
Demolition will start with tearing down the Civic Center Park shelter, outdoor theater and hockey rink. Phase two of the demolition will include tearing down the city hall and police station, which will happen once the city moves into its new city hall and police station this summer.
The new pool will be an Olympic-sized 50-meter version similar to the old one. But the new aquatic facility will include other features such as water slides and a current channel.
The city also awarded contracts to construct a new outdoor theater and a skatepark.
The total cost of the projects will be about $17 million. A $2 million grant from the state of Minnesota will help pay for the $11 million pool.
Taxpayers with a median level home value of $245,000 should expect a property tax increase of roughly $165 per year over 15 years beginning in 2020 to pay for the Civic Center Park upgrades.