School Street closed August 19-22

As utility work from Lion John Weicht Park to the new Multipurpose Facility progresses, a three-day closure of School Street is required to allow crews to continue stormwater pipe installation as quickly and efficiently as possible. Starting Monday, August 19, School Street will be closed from Proctor Avenue (County Road 1) to Jackson Street until Friday, August 23This detour map will guide motorists to an alternate route during this closure, and all access will be maintained to residents, schools and businesses along School Street while this work is completed. Access to Elk River High School will be available from the east (Jackson Street) into the main parking lot entrance at the stoplight at Lions Park Drive.

Utility work at Lion John Weicht Park

On Monday, August 12, crews will begin utility installation starting at Lion John Weicht Park, traveling under School Street and connecting to the new Multipurpose Facility as part of the Active Elk River project. Underground utility work will take place in three phases outlined below:

  • Monday, August 12 - Lions Park Drive will close for one week. Alternate access to nearby apartments and businesses will be provided. The northern portion of Lion John Weicht Park will close until fall 2020.

  • Friday, August 16 – Utility work under School St. will begin. Expect coordinated lane reductions as crews move north across School St.

  • Friday, August 23 – Crews will move from School St. to the Elk River High School parking lot in order to make the final connection to the new Multipurpose Facility.

Crews hope to have all this utility installation complete by (or before) Friday, August 30 weather depending.

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Demolition of The Barn Underway

Monday, August 12 was a bittersweet day, as demolition of The Barn's exterior officially got underway. The Barn at the Elk River Arena has meant many things to many people for decades, and as these walls come down there is no doubt the incredible memories, milestones and experiences community members have shared in this place, will live on forever.

The end of The Barn also represents the beginning of another project - years in the making - which includes a new Multipurpose Facility on the same site, offering year-round ice, field turf activities, and dry floor events. The new facility will also include dedicated space for senior citizens, community meeting/banquet rooms, and a café/retail area. The new Multipurpose Facility is one of many recreational and outdoor amenity improvements that make up Active Elk River, made possible by the voters of this city last November.

 Multipurpose facility groundbreaking celebration

Wednesday, July 10 was an exciting day in Elk River as local leaders broke ground on the new Multipurpose Facility, which will be constructed on the site of the existing Elk River Arena and adjacent land. The project kick-off highlighted the collaborative efforts of the city, ISD 728, local athletic associations, the local business community and senior citizens, all of whom provided guidance and support as Elk River City Council developed the Active Elk River project scope. A connection to past leadership was showcased as a number of the original Elk River Arena developers also turned new dirt in a remake of their original efforts in 1971 when The Barn Rink was constructed.

The Multipurpose Facility is the first of several projects that make up Active Elk River, a comprehensive plan to reinvest in the city’s recreational facilities, major parks, and most significant outdoor/natural resources, made possible by the voters of Elk River. Demolition of The Barn Rink will begin in the in late July, with an estimated completion in fall 2020.

Design plans

The latest renderings of the Multipurpose Facility were presented to Elk River City Council and Mayor at the May 6, 2019 meeting. Click here to view detailed facility blueprints as well as larger versions of the renderings displayed below.

Lion John Weicht Park design plans are nearing completion. Improvements include softball fields, a 100-person pavilion, restrooms, concessions and expanding parking. Full size versions of these site plans are available by clicking here.