Church breaks ground on expansion

By Staff Reports

Pictured at Parkside Church’s groundbreaking ceremony are Joe Franson, Mike Daugs, Steve Hammer, Nate Gilkey, Jim Nichols, Tom Peterson, and Jim Sanborn. (Submitted photo)

Parkside Church kicked off work on a $2.4 million facelift and expansion project with a ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony following the regular service on July 9.

The project is slated to be completed in April 2018, and includes a newly-configured entrance that will be visible from Hwy. 5, and will allow ground-level access to the building and eliminate the current exterior steps and landing.

It’s not just the exterior that is getting a makeover – the project includes expanded lobby space as well as remodeled classrooms and restrooms. In the children’s area, an upgraded security system will be installed.
New construction includes additional youth and adult spaces, which will allow the church’s congregation room to grow alongside the county’s population.

Randy Berg, Parkside’s lead pastor, said he believes the long-planned expansion will place the church in a better position to “minister to the needs of adults, students and children in Waconia and Carver County for the next 30 years.”

“We are so excited to see this finally happening after almost three years of hard work,” Berg said. “Parkside has been part of the Waconia community since 1970, and this is the most significant building project the church has ever undertaken.”

On hand for the groundbreaking ceremony were dignitaries from local government, project stakeholders, project architects and religious officials, including Jim Sanborn, Mayor of Waconia; Joe Franson of Boyer Building Construction; Tom Peterson, Architect from Station 19 Architects; Nate Gilkey of Klein Bank; and Rev. Steve Hammer of the Christian and Missionary Alliance North Central District office. The project was designed by Station 19 Architects and will be built by Boyer Building Corporation.

Parkside Church is located at 9560 Paradise Ln, Waconia, MN, at the entrance of Lake Waconia Regional Park. The church is a part of the Christian and Missionary Alliance denomination and more information as well as service times can be found at their website www.parksidemn.org.