Central Square Community Center

Important Announcement Regarding Central Square Community Center, Parks & Recreation, Senior Center and South St. Paul School District (April 23, 2021) 

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After over nine months of discussion and almost 20 years of operation, the City of South St. Paul and South St. Paul Public Schools (SSPPS) will be ending their Joint Management Agreement for Central Square Community Center effective June 30, 2021.  As a result of this decision, SSPPS will take over the operation of Central Square as part of programming through Community Education.  Specific impacts of this action are still being evaluated.   However, we do know that the School District will maintain a strong senior program for the community.  

Central Square has been experiencing declining memberships since 2013.   The COVID-19 pandemic has further impacted memberships and attendance.  The School District, as owners of the facility, was deemed to be in the best position to operate the building going forward given certain components of the facility are needed for School District operations (swimming pool, gymnastics area, and meeting rooms).   

The City’s Parks & Recreation Department will shift their focus to traditional programming activities.  Their operations will move to the first floor of City Hall prior to July 1st.   The City has also pledged its full cooperation with South St. Paul Public Schools to facilitate a smooth transition.

Further information as to specific changes and impacts on future Central Square usage can be directed to the SSPPS Community Education Department at 651-306-3631.

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Central Square C­­ommunity Center - Reopening Plan

Per the Governor’s executive ordered issued Dec. 16, 2020 and out of the consideration by Central Square staff and the South St. Paul School District, Central Square's reopening plan has included phased in steps for operation.  At this time, our building and pool are open with required restrictions in place.  

Regular Hours:  Monday-Friday 5 AM-8 PM, Saturday 7 AM-12 PM.  Pool hours vary, schedule is available online. 

Live fitness classes are being offered in accordance with current recommended guidelines. Class sizes have been reduced to satisfy capacity and social distancing requirements.

Important items to note:

We will be following capacity guidelines allowing 50% capacity.  

Individuals using the equipment must remain 6 feet apart as marked in the fitness room. 

Masks must be worn in the building at all times, including during workout and in locker rooms. Masks may be removed while in the pool or while showering. 

As we announced before closing the facility in November, members were not charged the monthly rate for the month of December.  Details about the Community Center operations in January will be available soon. Paid in full memberships have been  extended based on terms of closure. 

We will continue to remain diligent in sanitizing equipment and common areas and appreciate the cooperation of our members in this effort of keeping our community safe. 

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Central Square Community Center - Amenities

Central Square Community Center is committed to meeting the needs of the community by providing an excellent facility combined with great services and programs, all at affordable rates. A variety of membership options as well as single use punch cards are available for our patrons to take advantage of this publicly funded facility. 

The Parks and Recreation Department staff and South St. Paul school district #6 operate the Central Square Community Center, the center is "where South St. Paul comes together".

Amenities include : 

  • (Currently unavailable) Complimentary child watch is offered for members Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Family friendly facility with programs available for all ages.
  • Indoor pool featuring lap swim, water exercise classes, swimming lessons and open swim times.
  • Membership rates available for residents and non-residents. South St. Paul businesses and employees receive a resident rate
  • Membership includes unlimited use of our Fitness Center featuring a variety of cardio machines and strength machines from FreeMotion strength machines.

Members of Central Square Community Center receive a discount on all fitness classes.

  Absolute Abs
HIIT Boot-Camp
  Aqua Intervals
  Beginner Kettlebell
Kettlebell-TRX® Fusion
  Cardio & Strength Circuit
  Cardio Kickboxing
Total Body Conditioning
  Country Heat®

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