Humans & Dogs Take One Last Swim At Spring Lake Park Before Renovation
NORTH MANKATO, MN- For roughly 300 kids and adults, these were the last moments they would have in this water.
Sunday marked the last swim of the summer which meant everybody got in for free, to enjoy the Spring Lake Park pool for the last time this year.
Yet, it wasn't sadness but anticipation that filled the area for what's coming to this spot next summer.
Aquatics coordinator Taylor Barnes says "It's been good, we have a lot of people we don't normally see because we're here a lot and so we see a lot of regulars. A lot better foot traffic coming through, asking questions and getting excited for the renovations coming through."
A $3.2 million renovation will turn the long–lasting beach feel into more of a water park.
The project will include slides, a zip line, a climbing wall, a kid's area and more.
Most importantly, the beloved rocks and sand will turn into concrete and pipes, however the change hasn't hindered many locals from being content for the transition.
North Mankato native Nick Burger says "Sounds like we need it, it's been awhile since it's been updated. We have Mankato's too but all of the smaller communities have water parks as well, so it'll be great to see a few changes with the pool here at Spring Lake Park."
Humans weren't the only creatures to jump in the water for the last time, for Mending Spirits Animal Rescue decided to host an all–out dog party.
Free will donations helped out the organization, while the watering hole helped hundreds of canine swimmers who didn't hesitate to get wet.
North Mankato Public Library coordinator Katie Heintz says "We has seen other communities do this in their public pools and so we thought it would be a great way to end the season with something different for the families. We have a lot of dog parks in North Mankato but this is a great place for them to be able to swim."
Whether you had two legs or four, Sunday afternoon allowed anybody to take a dip and meet some new friends, before the pool as they know it will have a whole new look the next time they see it.
A ground–breaking ceremony will be taking place Monday at 10:30 a.m.
The city says construction should be finished by the start of summer 2019.
- KEYC News 12