Did you know we have a pool?

After years of effort by neighborhood volunteers, the Baker Community Center is getting ready for a relaunch.

The center, which is adjacent to Cherokee Heights Elementary at Charlton and Page, has been arguably underutilized for years, but is about to enter a new era thanks to an operating agreement between St. Paul Schools and the YMCA.

On Saturday, February 1 you can explore the new center’s offerings at an open house from 10-2. There will be free exercise classes, cooking and gardening demonstrations, and a children’s story time. But the big draw (at least at our house) is the open swim in this amazing indoor pool:

Image via Friends and Amigos of Baker Community Center

Image via Friends and Amigos of Baker Community Center

The YMCA will be operating the pool, so kids will need to pass a swim test to use it unsupervised (for those with little kids, the shallowest part of the pool is 3 1/2 feet deep). The event is also an opportunity to talk with organizers about activities you’d like to see at the facility.

If you’re interested in attending, you should RSVP via this Facebook event page or email nelsonjulieann@gmail.com. They’d like to know how many people to expect.

Thanks to everyone who’s helped bring this great neighborhood asset back to life.