Blaine, Minn. (February 21, 2017) – The National Sports Center (NSC) is excited to announce that the Spring Lake Park Schools has selected the National Sports Center campus as the site for its new preK-4 elementary school. The school will be located on property currently owned by the National Sports Center, near the intersection of Davenport St. NE and 105th Ave. NE, pending city approval.
The central location of the new school will provide an ideal venue for the future headquarters of the Schwan's USA CUP soccer tournament in July.
The district will be purchasing 11 acres from the State of Minnesota, but the total school site will be approximately 25 acres including adjacent fields that will be available for shared use by Spring Lake Park students and existing NSC programs, tournaments, and field rentals.
The exact location of the school will be at the west end of the Main Parking Lot, just north of the NSC Velodrome, with vehicle and bus access off Davenport St. NE. Over 600 students are expected to be served by the school.
Students will have access to shared-use fields adjacent to the school.
The NSC believes this is an innovative public-public partnership that will enhance use of the existing NSC facilities and provide educational and lifestyle benefits to Spring Lake Park students and their families.
Here are some of the positives of hosting a new school on the NSC campus, from the NSC’s perspective:
This image shows the future location of the new elementary school at the west end of the Main Parking Lot. Traffic access will be off Davenport St. NE.
“The National Sports Center could not be more excited about this innovative public-public partnership with Spring Lake Park Schools,” said Todd Johnson, National Sports Center Executive Director. “The new elementary school on our campus will bring people onto our campus at a time of day when we are traditionally quiet – during the daytime hours on school days. The NSC offers facilities and events that will provide unique educational benefits to students and their families, and we are excited to explore how to use the resources of the NSC to support and enhance the educational mission of the school district.”
“This collaboration will serve as a unique incubator as well, leading to innovative, creative and groundbreaking innovations for students.”
“After many months of hard work by so many people, we are pleased to share the announcement about the site for the new school, as well as the design of the school,” said Spring Lake Park School Superintendent Jeff Ronneberg. “We are proud to be partnering with the NSC to turn the vision of this new school into reality.”
Pending city approval, the district will begin construction in the spring of 2017 and the school will be ready for occupancy in September of 2018.
Parking and traffic studies were conducted by civil engineers with SRF Consulting Group at the NSC site. Findings indicate that existing parking is sufficient for current programming, as well as after the school is constructed. The study of traffic patterns indicates that existing infrastructure at 105th Ave. NE and Davenport St. NE is sufficient to effectively manage school-associated traffic. Possible future improvements on 105th will further enhance infrastructure.
As part of the parking mitigation plan, a new 300-space parking lot will be constructed on what is now field U3, and eventually the NSC plans to build a new public entrance to the Indoor Sports Hall on the west end of the building.
More information about the school site and design is posted on the district’s website at www.SpringLakeParkSchools.org and click on “Facilities Updates.”
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