The Shakopee Ice Arena and Community Center involved renovation of the city’s community center and construction of a new ice arena adjacent to the existing facility. The project is the result of a feasibility study, which determined the recreational needs and desires of the community. The study outlined market and demographic conditions, evaluated existing facilities and future programming needs, established facility programs, and included conceptual building and site designs with construction cost estimates.
The renovated community center includes new childcare and indoor play spaces, dedicated teen and senior centers, and expanded fitness areas. The space that previously housed the city’s single ice sheet was repurposed into an aquatic center with pools for lap swimming and play. A multipurpose community room, accessed separately from the community center itself, gives residents options for holding events outside of community center hours and operations.
The new ice arena includes two NHL-size ice rinks with spectator seating, upper and lower lobbies, and support spaces including team rooms, concessions and ticketing. The new and renovated facilities provide improved spaces for increased programming opportunities, including synthetic turf and air conditioning in one rink for use during the summer. As a result of the cohesive design and proximity of the community center to the ice arena, Shakopee now enjoys a recreational campus for the community.