Centerview Elementary School students are about to get a brand new green space for play and learning where the National Sports Center’s velodrome once stood.
The outdoor project is planned to begin in early September with substantial completion by the end of November. Centerview will remain fully accessible and safe during construction. The final purchase of the former velodrome site was completed this July.
The project also includes moving roads to help improve safety and traffic flow around the school. The existing road that turns into the Centerview and National Sports Center property from Davenport Street, located just south of the school, will move to a new intersection at 103rd. The new road will wrap around the green space and lead into the parking lots.
“By creating a new intersection at 103rd, the current entrance will serve as an access point only for staff and bussing, and close to through traffic,” says Amy Schultz, director of business services for Spring Lake Park Schools. “These changes should make traffic flow smoother and safer.”
The option to purchase the velodrome site was part of the original agreement when the land for Centerview Elementary School was purchased in 2017.
“This green space project is a long time coming,” says Jeff Ronneberg, Superintendent. “We appreciate the support from the City of Blaine and the amazing partnership we have with the National Sports Center.”
Centerview’s principal, Mike Callahan, is excited to realize the benefits of this new space for students and the greater community.
“This not only provides needed outdoor area for students to play, it also provides flexible options for outdoor learning experiences,” says Mike. “The green space will also be open for the community to use and enjoy. We can’t wait to get out there!”