Coon Rapids’ Summer in the City program returns for a fourth year

“Summer in the City” returns to Coon Rapids this month.

For the fourth year, the city of Coon Rapids will host meetings in five parks, one each in the five election wards of the city.

Each year of the program, a different park is chosen as the location for the “Summer in the City” meetings.

The event will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

From 6:30 to 7 p.m., there will be an open house featuring display booths with information about city programs plus fire trucks, police squads and public works vehicles for adults and children alike to explore.

Ice cream treats and bottled water will be offered.

There will be formal presentations by Mayor Tim Howe and the ward councilmember from 7 to 8 p.m. with time for questions and answers.

According to Kristin DeGrande, city neighborhood coordinator, “Summer in the City” is designed for residents to interact with their councilmembers, talk with city staff and learn about projects and activities going on in the community.

“It’s a great chance to learn about what’s going on in your neighborhood and ask questions of city leaders,” DeGrande said.

At the same time, the council and staff can find out the concerns and ideas of residents, she said.

This years “Summer in the City” schedule is:

• Tuesday, June 26, Cardinal Woods Park.

• Tuesday, July 24, Burl Oaks Park.

• Tuesday, July 31, Parkside Park.

• Monday, Aug. 20, Vineyards Park.

• Tuesday, Aug. 28, Aspen Park.

Postcards will be sent to residents living in the areas of the parks notifying them of the “Summer in the City” event.

No RSVP is required. For more information, call 763-767-6517.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]