Community Vision for the Pool House

Friends of Highland Arts (FHA) advocate for redevelopment of the Highland Park Pool House as a year-round public/private “arts and entertainment” venue. The Pool House would be anchored with a local restaurant offering walk-up counter service to get a meal, snack, dessert, or beverage. Food and drink can be enjoyed at limited cafe-style seating, taken outdoors on the patio or on a picnic in the park. The interior space can provide a gallery of rotating local artists and room for live music. An upper level community room could be used for programming, classes, and group/individual rental. Park users can get supplies from a seasonal disc golf kiosk or cross country ski rental counter.

Outdoors, the Pool House provides a natural small-scale amphitheater setting for community gatherings. The space can bring diverse arts programming to Highland Park, as well as provide a performance venue for area schools, Parks and Recreation and SPPS Community Education arts, outdoor movies or fitness in the park classes. Landscaping, lighting and permanent public art can be used to beautify the area, e.g., arts designed disc golf holes, mosaic murals on retaining walls, or celebrate the history of the building through the use of historic photos and memories.

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