The Lino Lakes YMCA closed in 2020 due to the the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving the city and residents with few options. City leaders worked on the Rookery Project for the last couple years and officially opened during their ribbon cutting ceremony.
The YMCA opened in 2007 and Lino Lakes funded the facility. The City of Lino Lakes is still paying off their initial investment into the YMCA, according to a report done by the Quad Community Press.
“It’s been great to see their reaction as they walk in. People are really happy its back open. When the YMCA closed the community felt a big gap because their were so many people that came here,” said Lisa Lamey, Activity Center Manager.
The Rookery facility has two pools, a gymnasium, fitness center, and a child day care center. The Rookery will also have activities for children and programs for adults.
The facility is named after a Rookery, a communal place for birds to nest. Lino Lakes has one of the largest Blue Heron populations in the United States, the city chose the name because of this.
If you would like to know more information on the Rookery Activity Center, you can check out their website here.