Coon Rapids Quick Facts
County: Anoka
Population: 62998
Size: 23.34 sq.mi.
Median Home Price: $339000
Average Rent Price: $1285
Commute to Mpls: 30 min.
Commute to Stp: 30 min.
Electricity: Various
Natural Gas: Centerpoint Energy
Garbage / Recycle: Various
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Coon Rapids Overview
Coon Rapids is the largest city in Anoka County and a northern suburb of Minneapolis. It has roughly 62,000 people and is the 15th largest city in Minnesota. It is a densely populated city with many amenities and attraction. It has plenty of nature, including parks such as Bunker Hills Regional Park which has a dog park in it, Coon Rapids Regional Dam Park, and Riverview Park. It has more than 40 miles of trails for people who enjoy walking, biking, and hiking. On the business side, these are the companies who have headquarters in the city. They are HOM Furniture (furniture retailer), ECM Publishers, RMS Company (medical devices manufacturer), and John Roberts Company (printing). The top three employers of the city are Mercy Health (Allina Health System), Independent School District #11, and RMS Company. The city has many places to go if you want to shop and/or eat, such as Riverdale Commons and Riverdale Village for the former, and Pizza Flame and Osaki Sushi & Hibachi for the latter. There is the Bunker Hills Golf Club for those who are serious about their golfing, and there are plenty of options for other leisurely activities as well.
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Coon Rapids Then And Now
Coon Rapids traces its history back to 1857 and being a part of the Anoka Township. There was one well-traveled road through the area that later became part of the Red River Ox Cart Trail, which is now closely aligned with East River Road/Coon Rapids Boulevard. Trade was well established, and the road played a big part in that. Like much of Minnesota, Coon Rapids has its root in agriculture. It was a thriving industry, and in 1881, the first brick yard by Dr. Dunham was built by the old City Hall. It was called the Anoka Pressed Brick and Terra Cotta Company, and it became the first non-agriculture industry in the area. There is a spot called the Clay Hole near that commemorates the history of the brick industry. It's by a clay hole swimming hole that is still used to this day. Another big impact in the history of the City was the building of the Coon Rapids Dam. The idea was proposed in 1898 by the Great Northern Development Company; construction started in 1912; it was built by the Mississippi Power Company and completed in 1914. It was run by the Northern State Power Company until 1969 when the Hennepin County Board acquired it. It is now part of the Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park. Around the same time as the dam was constructed, Anoka Township changed its name to Coon Creek Rapids. That eventually became shortened to Coon Rapids. There was an election in 1948 to incorporate as the Village of Coon Rapids, which was defeated. It eventually passed in 1952. Seven years later, the Village of Coon Rapids became the City of  Coon Rapids. Today, Coon Rapids is a bustling city with plenty of things to do. For the outdoorsy types, there are more than 40 miles of trails and 48 parks. There are plenty of places for hiking, biking, and fishing, too. The City offers many community events in order to bring the members of the community closer together.  
Coon Rapids Environmental / Green
Coon Rapids is serious about sustainability, including environmentally. They participate in the Minnesota GreenStep Cities program, which is voluntary and outlines 29 optional best practices. Each best practice has one or more action at a 1, 2, or 3-star level, and there is a list of four to eight actions. All the actions were crafted specifically to focus on Minnesota-specific cities. Coon Rapids is currently a Step 2 City and has implemented 13 best practices, and they are continuing to figure out ways to improve. They also have a Sustainability Commission which they established in 2008, and its purpose is to research and propose the best ways to promote social, economic, and environmental sustainability.  
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Coon Rapids Parks
Bunker Hills Regional Park - ( 550 Bunker Lake Blvd. NW,, 763-324-3300, website)

Bunker Hills Regional Park is 1,600 acres of awe-inspiring verdant beauty. There is plenty to do and see in this park. There is hiking, biking, and golf. There is horseback riding, cross-country skiing and skijoring, and disc golf. There is a skate park if boarding is your thing, and there is a dog park in which you can take your canine companion to romp and frolic. There is archery, and there is camping. There are also picnic pavilions if you want to take a break from all the activity and grab something to eat. There is also a playground for the young ones, and there is a Veterans Memorial near it.

Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park - ( 9750 Egret Blvd.,, 763-324-3320, website)

Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park is one of Anoka County's most popular parks. It's 446 acres, and it has plenty to do no matter what your interests. There is a boat launch in the summer and cross-country skiing in the winter. In addition, there are hiking trails and biking trails, fishing spots, and plenty of room for geocaching. There are places for barbecuing and picnics, including seven picnic pavilions with facilities for rent. There is a Visitor Center with snowshoe and cross-country ski rental, and it has a bird watching area as well. And, of course, there is the dam, which is a sight to behold. All in all, it's a great place to spend a Saturday afternoon with friends and/or family.

Lions Coon Creek Park - ( 1664 119th Ave.,, 763-951-7222, website)

Lions Coon Creek Park is a community favorite, and it has a little bit of everything. It has two softball fields, a bocce ball court, and a volleyball court. It also has trails that connect to the Sand Creek/Coon Creek Trail system. You can enjoy the beautiful natural environment around you as you walk or run on these trails, and then when you're hungry, you can stop in one of the picnic areas and enjoy a nice meal or snack. There are picnic shelters for rental as well. There is a playground for the kids, and there are ample restrooms.

Riverview Park - ( 2420 105th Ave.,, 763-951-7222, website)

Riverview Park is buzzing with activity, including tennis, softball, and a half-court for basketball. There is also an open ice skating arena and a skate (board) park. There is a playground with bright and colorful equipment for the kids to enjoy. There is also a regulation Little League Baseball baseball field which can also be enjoyed by children. There are walking trails and there are picnic areas.

Sand Creek Park - ( 1008 Northdale Blvd.,, 763-767-6552, website)

Sand Creek Park is best known for its athletic complex that encompasses so many different sports. It has places to play baseball/softball, basketball, lacrosse, soccer, and football. There are two ice rink, one for hockey and one for free skating. There are two playgrounds for the younger set, and there is a concession building where you can go to get something to eat or drink, and you can warm up in it in the winter. There are walking trails if that's more your style, and there is plenty of lush foliage to look at as you walk. There are picnic shelters when you want to take a break and have a bite to eat.

Coon Rapids Restaurants
Angkor Restaurant - ( 506 Northdale Blvd. NW,, 763-757-7777, website)

Angkor Restaurant is a family-owned Cambodian Chinese restaurant that opened in 2012. It is located in the Northdale Shopping Center, and it is a small and cozy space. The decor is colorful, and it makes the atmosphere very welcoming. The service is friendly, and it's a great place to hang out and have a bite to eat. The menu includes Chinese staples such as friend rice. chow mein, and egg foo young. If you want to try something a bit different, order from the Cambodian side of the menu, which has dishes such as lort cha, loc lac, and pa kea cha.

Dino's Mediterranean Fresh - ( 3179 Northdale Blvd. NW,, 763-422-2003, website)

Dino's Mediterranean Fresh is a family-owned local chain that was started in 1975 by Dino and Vona Adamidis. Their goal was to deliver authentic Greek dishes to the Twin Cities in a fast and casual setting, and that is exactly what they have done over the years. They have expanded to four restaurants, all of which offer their trademark Original Gyros. The restaurant is colorful and casual, and the service is fast and friendly. In addition to the gyros, they offer seasoned fries, basmati rice, pita chips and dips, and tabouli salad. They have delivery as well.

New Mandarin Restaurant - ( 2711 Coon Rapids Blvd. NW,, 763-757-0606, website)

New Mandarin is a family-owned Chinese restaurant that serves both Chinese food and Vietnamese food. It's a small restaurant with a homey feel to it and a relaxed atmosphere. The menu is vast, and it includes many familiar favorites such as chow mein, pho, egg foo young, and chow fun. There are also special dishes such as Beef and Chinese Broccoli with Oyster Sauce, Ginger and Green Onion Tripe, and Seafood Mixao Don.

Osaka Sushi & Hibachi - ( 12580 Riverdale Blvd.,, 763-421-3356, website)

Osaka Sushi & Hibachi is one of three Osaka restaurant, and it features sushi and hibachi (and more). The restaurant has an elegant and contemporary decor, and the service is fast and friendly. The atmosphere is relaxed, and the food is varied and made daily. The sushi menu includes sushi, maki, and rolls. Some of their rolls are Phoenix Roll, Hawaiian Roll, and Scorpion Roll. The rest of their menu includes hibachi, tempura, and Korean Bulgogi.

Pizza Flame - ( 2016 105th Ave. NW,, 763-757-5100, website)

Pizza Flame has been a staple in Coon Rapids since it opened in 1977, and it's certainly a community favorite. The decor is woody and nondescript, but the staff members are friendly. The atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming to everyone. They are famous for their thin crust, and they make each pie by hand with the freshest ingredients. Their menu includes Pizza Flame House (pizza), Baked Rigatoni, and Garlic Bread that you can get with cheese and/or meat sauce. You can also build your own pizza if you so desire.

Coon Rapids Shopping
Cullens Ice Cream 2 - ( 12085 Hanson Blvd. NW,, 763-307-7788, website)

Cullens Ice Cream 2 was opened in 2017 by Chris and Lisa Cullen, a husband and wife, three years after they opened their first ice cream shop, the original Cullens Ice Cream, in 2014. It is a seasonal shop that shuts down for the winter and then reopens in the spring. The store is bright and cheerful, and the staff members are friendly. They have 48 flavors of ice cream, including Superman, Chocolate Chip, and Peanut Butter & Jelly. They have homemade vegan/dairy free ice cream as well as the regular kind. They also have homemade gourmet popcorn that is very popular with the customers. And, they have candy and soda as well. In addition, they donate their foods to events as a way to give back to the community.

Jerry's Schwinn Cyclery - ( 4136 Coon Rapids Blvd. NW,, 763-421-4271, website)

Jerry's Schwinn Cyclery was opened in 1984 by Jerry, and they have been serving the cyclists of the community ever since. The staff members are friendly and knowledgeable, and they want to make sure that all customers are matched with their perfect bicycles. They have many kinds of bikes, including hybrid bikes, tandem bikes, and BMX bikes. They offer several bike accessories as well, such as pumps, gloves, and helmets. They also repair/service old bikes, and they have ice and hockey skates, too.

Northdale Shopping Center - ( 408 Northdale Shopping Center,, , website)

Northdale  Shopping Center opened in 1951, and it has been a mainstay of the community ever since. All the stores are owned by members of the community, which makes for a cozy feeling in the shopping center. The stores include Jensen's Foods and Forever Floral. The service-based places include Foley Boulevard Animal Hospital and Image Creator Salon & Spa. If you're hungry, you can grab something to eat Scoops Pub or Shortstop Bar & Grill.

Riverdale Commons - ( 3300-3800 124th Ave. NW,, 651-419-2004, website)

The Riverdale Commons is a shopping center with the flagstaff stores of Target and Home Depot. The other stores include Petco, Michael's, HomeGoods, and Sportsman's Warehouse. If you're hungry from all the shopping you've done, then you can have a bite at Mandarin Buffet 1, Little Caesar's, and Popeyes.

Riverdale Village - ( 12761 Riverdale Blvd.,, 877-225-5337, website)

Riverdale Village is an outdoor mall in Coon Rapids, and it opened in 2002. It has been updated and renovated since, and is still popular in the community. There are over 75 stores, and a few of the flagship stores are Costco, Kohl's, and JCPenney's. Some of the other stores are Bed Bath & Beyond, Massage Envy, and Men's Wearhouse. If you're hungry, you can grab a bite at Noodles & Company, Boston's The Gourmet Pizza Restaurant, and Chipotle.

Coon Rapids Nightlife
Boulevard Bar & Grille - ( 3395 Coon Rapids Blvd. NW,, 763-951-2420, website)

Boulevard Bar & Grille is a casual neighborhood joint with a welcoming atmosphere and a friendly staff. They have plenty of activities for you to enjoy on different nights, such as BINGO, Keys for Cash Drawing, karaoke, meat raffles, and SIN Sundays. Their menu includes Corned Beef and Hash (breakfast), The Boulevard (burger), and Creamy Alfredo Pasta. Drinks-wise, they have beer and wine, and a 2-4-1 single pour drinks all day every day.

Kendall's Tavern & Chophouse - ( 12800 Bunker Prairie Rd. NW,, 763-755-1234, website)

Kendall's Tavern & Chophouse is a combination steakhouse and bar with an contemporary yet rustic feel to it and friendly service. The atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming, and it has a patio for seasonal seating. They have options for group dining and for private dining as well. They have several different menus, and the Tavern menu includes Tempura Walleye, Mac & Cheese, and the Chophouse Club. The Chophouse menu has char-broiled burgers including a vegetarian one, the rib & chicken combo, and the ribeye. They have a Celiac menu, which includes Rotisserie Chicken Melt, the Smokehouse (char-broiled burger), and Walleye. They also have a Celiac Chophouse menu, too. Drinks-wise, they have several kinds of beer, wine, and cocktails.

Muddy Cow - ( 133 Coon Rapids Blvd. NW,, 763-205-1681, website)

Muddy Cow is a local chain that has a woody decor and a convivial atmosphere. The service is friendly, and they are known for their 2-for-1 drinks. It is locally owned and operated, and they source all their ingredients from farms within a 300 mile radius. They have TVs all around so you can watch whatever game you want. The menu includes Rodeo Cow (burger), Chicken Philly, and Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese. Drinks-wise, they have beer and mixed drinks.

Shortstop Bar & Grill - ( 421 Northdale Blvd. NW,, 763-755-9966, website)

Shortstop Bar & Grill is a neighborhood favorite owned by Ray and has been for over 20 years. It is a family-owned bar and has a casual atmosphere with friendly service. They have meat raffles, BINGO, and karaoke on different nights of the week. The menu includes buffalo wings, burgers such as California Bacon Burger, and Rippers (hot dogs deep fried until they rip). The drink selection includes several beers, a few wines, and select liquor. There is patio seating in the summer as well.

The Well Sports Tavern & Grill - ( 35 Coon Rapids Blvd. NW,, 763-792-0800, website)

The Well Sports Tavern & Grill is all about the sports, and they celebrate all the big sports events for the Wild, the Vikings, the Twins, and the Timberwolves. The decor is colorful and festooned with big screen TVs from which you can watch any game you want. The service is fast and friendly, and the atmosphere is cheerful and festive. They have a patio for outdoor seating in the summer as well. The menu features their burgers, which are some of the best in town, as well as jumbo wings, Belly Buster Fish, Big Island Chicken, and Turkey Guacamole.

Coon Rapids Community Arts & Recreation
Bunker Hills Event Center - ( 12800 Bunker Prairie Rd. NW,, 763-951-7276, website)

The Bunker Hills Event Center is located in the Bunker Hills Golf Club, and it is a perfect place to host a big event, such as a wedding. The space can hold up to 384 people, and it's also perfect for any golf-related events as it's in a golf club. They have catering available for the events as well as the use of the space. The Bunker Hills Dinner Theatre also occurs in this space.

Cheers Pablo - ( 12759 Riverdale Blvd.,, 763-323-4816, website)

Cheers Pablo is a family owned business that, as a part of a local chain, offers painting classes where you and your friends and/or family can paint and enjoy a glass of wine at the same time. It doesn't matter your skill level because the classes are for everyone, from beginners on up. Each class is two or three hours, and they provide everything you need, from canvases to paint. Their food menu includes a single deep dish pizza, mozzarella sticks, and large soft pretzels. They offer drinks such as red and white wine, beer, and mimosas. They are available for corporate events, birthday parties, and have open studio times as well.

Coon Rapids Civic Center - ( 11155 Robinson Dr.,, 763-767-6522, website)

The Coon Rapids Civic Center has several rooms available for rental, including a Banquet Facility that is perfect for weddings. It has a 230 people capacity, and it can be divided if not as much room is needed. Any of your life's milestones can be celebrated here, including birthday parties, bridal showers, and graduation parties. They also have different conference rooms that can be rented as well. There are also classes/camps/activities there throughout the year.

Riverwind Community Building - ( 2701 Northdale Blvd.,, , website)

Riverwind Community Building is located in Riverwind Park, and it has two rooms for rent. The Riverwind 1 fits 56 people, and it's suitable for meetings as it has WiFi and tables. It also has a refrigerator in case you want to stock up on snacks for the meeting. Riverwind 2 has room for 64 people. It is also useful for meetings as it has tables and WiFi. It has a mini-fridge, too.

URBAN Dance Productions - ( 2423 Coon Rapids Blvd., Suite B,, 763-767-0738, website)

URBAN Dance Productions opened in 2016 to spread the joy of urban dance with the community of Coon Rapids and to teach people to have a strong sense of their own individual dance styles. They have classes in ballet, tap, hip hop, and more. They also have camps and competition line auditions. Their classes are for all different ages, including adults, and the staff members are knowledgeable and encouraging to everyone.

Coon Rapids Events
FEB: Coon Rapids Snowflake Days - ( 11000 Crooked Lake Blvd.,, , website)

The Coon Rapids Snowflake Days is an annual event that first happened in 1964 as a way for the community to come together and celebrate. It was held in the winter because the cities surrounding Coon Rapids had their city celebrations in summer, and they wanted a way to stand out. The activities have changed over the years, and the latest include the Kids Ice Fishing Contest, Cookies & Canvas, and the Adult Medallion Hunt. It's a week of fun festivities for the whole family.

MAY: Liberian Girls Rock Honoring Awards Gala - ( 2975 Coon Rapids Blvd.,, 612-859-5354, website)

The Liberian Girls Rock Honoring Awards Gala is hosted by Liberian Girls Rock at the PurpleRose Event Hall, and the mission is to fight hunger in Liberia. The event itself is to celebrate powerful Liberian people and to show the world the richness of the country that is Liberia. They want to empower Liberian women in the process and maybe change the world to boot through strengthened community.

MAY: The Darkest Night of Your Life 4K - ( 12800 Bunker Prairie Rd. NW,, 763-323-2066, website)

The Darkest Night of Your Life 4K is an annual event hosted by HOPE 4 Youth, a nonprofit that has the goal of ending homelessness for youths in the north metro suburbs, and it's held at the Bunker Hills Golf Club in May. The walk/run is to raise awareness of the issue and the experiences the youths go through as well as to raise funds to aid said youth not to have to go through it again.

JUL: Coon Rapids 4th of July Celebration - ( 11000 Crooked Lake Blvd.,, 763-951-7222, website)

The Coon Rapids 4th of July Celebration is hosted by the City in July, of course, and it's held at the Coon Rapids Ice Center & Recreation. It kicks off with a parade two days before the 4th, and it ends with one of the best fireworks displays the night of the 4th. In between these bookends are activities such as a 10k run and a 5k run/walk, carnival midway rides, and live music. It's fun for the whole family.

SEP: Coon Rapids Love My Pet Fair - ( 2420 105 Ave.,, 763-767-6410, website)

The Coon Rapids Love My Pet Fair is hosted by the City and is a fairly recent annual event that happens in September. It is held in Riverview Park, and all well-behaved pets are invited to attend. There will be plenty of fun activities, including a smart pet tricks contest, a sidewalk chalk art contest, a pet parade and contest for best-dressed pet, and a K9 agility demo. It will be a great time for all people and animals involved.

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