Coon Rapids association donates scoreboards for city park

Two new scoreboards at Sand Creek Park have been donated to the city of Coon Rapids.

Members of the Coon Rapids Athletic Association (CRAA) board of directors turned over two scoreboards the organization has installed at Sand Creek Park to the city of Coon Rapids in a ceremony at the Nov. 20 Coon Rapids City Council meeting. Left to right: Coon Rapids Mayor Tim Howe; Mike Burnside, CRAA vice president; Steve Perez, CRAA vice president of girls’ basketball; Otis Artis, CRAA vice president of boys’ basketball; Sharon Severson, CRAA vice president of softball; Tom Lovik, CRAA vice president of football; and Sue Erickson, treasurer.

Members of the Coon Rapids Athletic Association (CRAA) board of directors turned over two scoreboards the organization has installed at Sand Creek Park to the city of Coon Rapids in a ceremony at the Nov. 20 Coon Rapids City Council meeting. Left to right: Coon Rapids Mayor Tim Howe; Mike Burnside, CRAA vice president; Steve Perez, CRAA vice president of girls’ basketball; Otis Artis, CRAA vice president of boys’ basketball; Sharon Severson, CRAA vice president of softball; Tom Lovik, CRAA vice president of football; and Sue Erickson, treasurer.

The Coon Rapids Athletic Association (CRAA), which installed the LED scoreboards at the park, formally turned them over to Mayor Tim Howe at the Nov. 20 Coon Rapids City Council meeting.

According to City Manager Steve Gatlin, CRAA purchased the new scoreboards which require less maintenance and are more cost effective to operate.

CRAA has been setting aside funds for years for the project, which with installation totaled $14,351.03, Gatlin wrote in a memo to the council.

“Both scoreboards have already been put to use for both football and lacrosse and have performed well,” he wrote.

According to CRAA Vice President Mike Burnside, the former scoreboards were old and out of date.

Not only do the LED scoreboards use less energy, they also can be controlled remotely, Burnside said.

Howe described the CRAA as a “tremendous organization,” which has been providing youth sports opportunities in Coon Rapids for nearly 50 years.

One of the new scoreboards at Sand Creek Park.

One of the new scoreboards at Sand Creek Park.

“I thank you for all the volunteer work you do in the city,” Howe said.

The resolution accepting the scoreboard approved by the council “extends its gratitude to Coon Rapids Athletic Association for its generosity.”

CRAA currently offers football, boys’ and girls’ basketball, wrestling, lacrosse and softball.

A private, non-profit corporation, CRAA was founded in 1964 with the dedicated purpose of developing recreational activities for city youth, according to the publication, “Coon Rapids – A Fine City By A Dam Site,” written by Leslie Randels Gillund, which chronicled the history of Coon Rapids from 1849 to 1984.

It is governed by a board of directors elected from the membership which is made up of parents, whose children are enrolled in the programs that CRAA offers, Gillund wrote.

The concession stand at Sand Creek Park was built by CRAA for use during its and other activities at the park, she wrote.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com


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