A Coon Rapids teen center whose future was in jeopardy when funding dried up will stay open in 2014 with the help of a private donor.
Anoka County businessman Frank Mannella of Cedar Valley Exteriors gave $7,500 to help keep “The Element” open through the end of next year.
The center at Riverwind Park, 11747 Crocus St., opened in 2002 and offers a supervised place for students to socialize, play games, watch movies and participate in community events. It’s a collaboration among the city, Anoka-Hennepin Community Education and Anoka County.
The center’s future became uncertain when the group that oversaw it, Coon Rapids Youth First, dissolved because of declining membership. The city and Anoka-Hennepin Community Education are seeking funding for the center past 2014.
The Element is open Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and Friday evenings. About two dozen teens regularly frequent the center.