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Friday, April 14, 2017 Columbia Heights-Fridley Sun Focus • focus.mnsun.com 7 Improvements coming to Anoka County’s Bunker Beach BY PETER BODLEY CONTRIBUTING WRITER Infrastructure im- provements are planned this year at Anoka Coun- ty’s Bunker Beach Water Park. The Anoka County Parks and Community Services Committee has signed off on $85,000 worth of improvements recommended by Cory Hinz, recreation ser- vices manager, and Tony Portesan, recreation ser- vices coordinator. They will be paid for from the water park’s re- serve fund, according to Jeff Perry, park planning and resources manager. Most of the work will take place before the 2017 water park season opens in June, but the refurbishment of the Twisted Towers feature won’t start until after La- bor Day when the season ends, Perry said. Other projects planned as part of the improve- ments include phase two Tidal Wave restroom up- grades, Wave Pool bulk- head and wall painting, phase two security system and information cable re- placement, ice machine replacement at Tidal Wave Cafe, fi rst aid offi ce refrigerator replacement, replacement of two pres- sure washers, new shade shelter screening around Wave Pool and mechani- cal room upgrades. According to the 2016 water park report submit- ted to the committee by Hinz and Portesan, total attendance was 112,644, down from 120,640 in 2015, but greater than both 2014 (87,593) and 2013 (107,084). But average daily atten- dance at 1,280 last season was slightly higher than the 1,277 in 2015. “That’s because there were more rain-out days in 2016,” Perry said. Bunker Beach is sched- uled to open for its 30th season – seventh since the 2010 expansion – Fri- day, June 9, and close La- bor Day. According to the county website, Bunker Beach, which is located in Bunker Hills Regional Park, is the largest out- door water park in Min- nesota. Community briefs Annual tree sale from Anoka Conservation District The Anoka Conserva- tion District is now ac- cepting preorders for the annual tree and shrub sale. The district offers a wide variety of native stock, including black cherry trees, mixed oak trees, red maple trees and white pine trees. The trees and shrubs are sold as bare root seedlings or transplants ranging from 8 to 24 inches in height. They may be purchased in bundles of 10 for $17 or 25 for $30, not includ- ing tax. Native prairie seed and tree aides are also available. Persons do not need to be an Anoka County resident to order the trees or the seeds. The Anoka Conser- vation District website, www.AnokaSWCD.org, contains information about the kinds of trees and shrubs to plant in your particular situa- tion along with planting directions. You can also call Anoka Conservation District staff at 763-434- 2030. Anyone interested may purchase these trees and Bunker Beach, and the wave pool in particular, is a popular summer attraction. The county is planning $85,000 in improvements. shrubs in one of the fol- (Photo courtesy of Anoka County) lowing ways: Go to the website and use the on- line ordering option, print a form to send with payment, call the Anoka Conservation District offi ce at 763-434-2030, ext. 10, and have a form mailed to you or order by phone. Orders will be accepted until mid-April, or until stock depletes, and will be available to pick up the morning of April 29 at the Anoka County Fairgrounds. 0ݽ 2ž¨ÝŒöÌÓ æ݌nÏA£ ŒæÏ[Œ 0AÝæÏeAöb ·Ï˜ ä¤ ¯¯Až Ž ß ·ž 0¨æ݌eA˜n