North metro news briefs: $17.4 million Coon Rapids parks upgrade moving forward

  • Updated: November 12, 2013 - 4:30 PM

Sand Creek Park is one of nine Coon Rapids parks that will benefit from a $17.4 million levy that voters approved last week.

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Council to sign off on ‘yes’ park levy vote

Coon Rapids voters last week narrowly approved the city’s request to issue $17.4 million in bonds for improvements to parks and trails, and the City Council is scheduled to approve the canvassed results at a meeting Wednesday, Nov. 13.

The vote was 2,637 in favor of the request and 2,490 opposed, a 51-49 percent margin. Turnout was slightly over 14 percent.

Under the plan, nine parks will get full-scale makeovers, with amenities such as new lighting, picnic shelters and playground equipment. A new park, to be called Boulevard Park, will be built. Nearly 35 percent of the levy money will go to building trails and filling gaps in the existing trails system. Officials will work on priorities and the public will have a chance to weigh in before work begins in 2015.


New passport center is open for business

A new passport center has opened at 10995 Club West Pkwy., Suite 700B, in Blaine. The license centers in Blaine and the city of Ramsey no longer accept passport applications, and the new center is the only one in Anoka County that does. It is located adjacent to the Blaine License Center.

Hours of operation are:

• Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m.

• Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

It is closed Saturdays and Sundays.

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Taste of Columbia Heights is set for Nov. 22

Food from a variety of Columbia Heights restaurants will be featured at this year’s “Taste of Columbia Heights” holiday kickoff, scheduled for 6-10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, at Murzyn Hall, 530 Mill St. The cost is $2 per sample.

In addition to food, there will be wine and beer tasting, music and a silent auction. Proceeds will go to the Columbia Heights Activity Fund, youth activities and the participating restaurants.

For further information, call Columbia Heights Recreation at 763-706-3733 or Mayor Gary Peterson at 763-706-3607.


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