Central Square Community Center Changes
In July 2004, the SSPPS and the City of South St. Paul entered into a joint partnership agreement to form the Central Square Community Center (CSCC). The core operation of the CSCC is dependent upon fitness memberships and program revenue. Fitness memberships hit a peak in 2013 and has since been steadily in decline. The continued decrease in memberships put additional financial pressure on both the city and school district.
After months of discussion and almost 20 years of operation, the City of South St. Paul and South St. Paul Public Schools (SSPPS) are ending their Joint Management Agreement for the Central Square Community Center (CSCC) effective June 30, 2021.
Beginning July 1, South St. Paul Public Schools, as owners of the Central Square building, will take full responsibility for the management of the site. While you will likely see many of the same things our community has come to know and love about CSCC, we are also excited to be working on some expanded programming opportunities.
The CSCC will be closed July 1 through July 11 to allow time for the Parks and Recreation office to transition to their new location at City Hall and for the district to reset the CSCC site. Here is what you can expect from SSPPS when the doors reopen on July 12:
- SSP Senior Center: Opportunities for socialization, recreation, education and health to residents ages 55+
- Aquatics: Adult lap swim, water exercise classes and activities
- Adult Fitness Classes: Get active this summer through a variety of fitness classes to keep you moving. We will offer a variety of group exercises and specialty classes for almost every ability and interest
- 55+ Fitness Classes (formerly named Senior Classes): Classes designed for building core strength and improving muscle coordination and balance.
NEW THIS FALL!
We are excited to be working on expanded programming options for this fall:
Adult Enrichment: Programming to fit every interest
- Health, Wellness and Safety
- Culinary Arts
- Creative Arts
- Money Management
- And much more
Youth Enrichment: opportunities for ages 5-15
- After school activities for middle school students
- Youth enrichment for mixed ages
- ACT prep
- Drivers education
- Babysitter Training
- CPR for Babysitters
- And so much more
While this is not a full list of all opportunities, a detailed program brochure and new website are being developed to provide easy access to all Central Square Community Center offerings. One area that we unfortunately are not able to continue offering are the fitness center memberships. The result of a joint study conducted by SSPPS and the city of South St. Paul determined the fitness center memberships have been in steady decline since 2013 resulting in a continued significant financial loss. We will continue to be creative and explore opportunities in our long-term planning efforts.
We look forward to partnering with our community to make the Central Square Community Center a place where we can come together to learn, grow and socialize. Questions regarding the transition and/or programming for the Central Square Community Center can be directed to the SSPPS Community Education Department at (651) 306-3632.