by Peter Bodley
Coon Rapids’ annual Summer in the City program is back for a fifth year.
The program takes place in five parks, one in each ward, on five Tuesday evenings over the summer months.
“This annual series is a great opportunity to meet your councilmember and talk with city staff about projects going on in your neighborhood and throughout the city,” said Kristin deGrande, city neighborhood coordinator.
The 2013 Summer in the City program will kick off Tuesday, June 25, in Ward 1 at Crooked Lake Park, 13180 Crooked Lake Blvd.
The rest of the schedule is:
• Ward 2, Tuesday, July 23, Sand Creek Park, 1008 Northdale Blvd.
• Ward 3, Tuesday, July 30, Woodcrest Park, 901 103rd Ave. NW.
• Ward 4, Tuesday, Aug. 13, Riverview Park, 2420 105th Ave. NW.
• Ward 5, Tuesday, Aug. 27, Mason Park, 9600 Holly Circle.
According to DeGrande, each Summer in the City event starts at 6:30 p.m. with an open house, followed by a program 7 to 8 p.m.
During the open house, ice cream will be served and people are free to stop by display tables set up by city staff as well as explore a fire truck, police squad car and a piece of public works equipment.
At 7 p.m., Mayor Tim Howe and the ward councilmember will make presentations on citywide projects, programs and issues as well as neighborhood-specific issues before throwing it open to a question and answer session.
All five parks chosen for this year’s Summer in the City program are among the improvement projects proposed in the $17.2 million park bond referendum that will be on the general election ballot Nov. 5.
Brochures providing information about the referendum will be available at the Summer in the City events, and Howe and the ward councilmembers will speak about the proposed bond issue during their presentations.
Postcards inviting residents to the Summer in the City program will be mailed to neighborhoods in the vicinity of each park, according to DeGrande.
There has also been information about the events in the city newsletter, including the most recent one this month, DeGrande said.
Depending on the weather, attendance at the Summer in the City events has averaged 80 people, she said.
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