Four of the six slips on a new city-owned dock have been filled.
Earlier this spring the city of Anoka moved ahead with a new concept to do summer-long leases of dock space near the boat landing on the Rum River.
The remaining two slips are available on a first-come, first-served basis, said Lisa LaCasse, recreation supervisor for the city of Anoka.
If more than six applications had been received before the May 11 deadline, the city had planned to hold a lottery for the slips with preference given to Anoka residents. This is a system that has been successful to manage Anoka’s community garden space.
The cost to rent a slip for the summer is $1,800. Those who have leased slips for this year will have first chance to renew their lease for the 2013 boating season.
The city expects to have the new dock system in place by Memorial Day weekend. Slips will be limited to pleasure boats no longer than 24 feet.
The Anoka City Council approved the leasing policy at its May 7 meeting.
According to Public Services Director Greg Lee, the city is also considering a similar public docking system north of the dam on the Rum River.
The leased slips are part of the council’s direction for staff to increase recreational opportunities on the river, while increasing revenues for the parks department, said Lee.
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