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Eden Prairie Community Center & Nancy Tyra-Lukens Aquatics Center

16700 Valley View Road, Eden Prairie, MN, United States
Admission: $10.00
Daily Use Fee: $10; See Below for Other Fees.
Concessions Available
Hours of Operation:
Mon. 05:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Tue. 05:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Wed. 05:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Thu. 05:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Fri. 05:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Sat. 05:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Sun. 05:30 AM - 10:00 PM

The Eden Prairie Community Center is a fitness center with a pool and play center. Families may also enjoy the three ice rinks and the convenience of a newly added family locker room. Meeting room facilities can be rented for birthday parties and other private parties, meetings and gatherings.

Beginning in 2018, the community center will no longer reduce hours in the summer. Hours will remain 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, year round. However, it will close on Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day.

Open Gym at the Eden Prairie Community Center

The center offers Open Gym, Open Skate and Open Swim times, however, times vary and its best to find monthly schedules on the community center website

Younger than 18 months Free
18 months–4 years $4.50
5 years -17 years  $5.50

*Note: Toddler open gym times have a different fee schedule and set hours. See our calendar for hours and prices.

Nancy Tyra-Lukens Aquatics Center at Eden Prairie Community Center

The Aquatics Center at the Community Center has two 8-lane pools, a climbing wall, a zero-depth recreational pool, spa and water slide. It offers both tot time open swims and family open swims. 

Toddlers 18 months–4 years: $5.50
Youth 5–17 years: $7.00
Adults 18 years and up: $7.50
Family of 4: $20.00

*Eden Prairie's website has conflicting pricing information. Prices may be slightly more or less.

In June of 2019, the aquatics facility was dedicated as the Nancy Tyra-Lukens Aquatics Center. Ms. Tyra-Lukens was an Eden Prairie City Council member and Mayor. During her time serving as mayor she advocated for parks, programs and recreation facilities, including the aquatics center.

Prairie Play Zone at Eden Prairie Community Center

Prairie Play Zone at the Eden Prairie Community Center

Image Courtesy City of Eden Prairie

Prairie Play Zone is open daily from 8 am to 8 pm and includes several slides and a multi-level climbing structure. In addition to the play equipment and a mini rock climbing wall, there is a separate baby and tot area. Non member prices are: 

Younger than 18 months Free
18 months–4 years $4.50
5 years and older  $5.50

Parents are Free. Admission is half-price after 1 p.m. on weekdays and after 4 p.m. on weekends.

Birthday Parties at Eden Prairie Community Center

Birthday Parties at Eden Prairie Community CenterThe Eden Prairie Community Center hosts birthday parties starting at $109. Families can choose between, pool parties, gym parties and skating parties or upgraded parties. Find more birthday party idea on our Ultimate Guide to Birthday Parties in the Twin Cities.

Updates to Eden Prairie Community Center Plaza

In 2019, the Community Center will be landscaping and replacing the pavers of the front plaza in a custom design. The project is scheduled to start at the end of April and be completed by the end of May. 

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