The Hope 4 Youth organization will be holding a Hope 4 Youth Music Festival this year and the location for the festival has been approved. This organization helps to serve the homeless youth found throughout Anoka County and the festival will help raise funds for the organization.
On February 24th, the Coon Rapids City Council approved the Boulevard Park location of the event with no objects. This is a new park found adjacent to the Coon Rapids Ice Center. It was graded and seeded last summer as a part of the improvement project in the area.
The park will not only host the Hope 4 Youth Music Festival, but will also be the site of the Coon Rapids Fourth of July celebration, which used to be held at sand Creek Park. Since Sand Creek Park will be undergoing redevelopment for two years, the event will be moved to the new Boulevard Park.
The Hope 4 Youth Rum River Music Fest of 2014 was also held at Sand Creek Park and saw more than 1,500 people in attendance. The event raised more than $60,000 for the Hope 4 Youth organization last year.
The other area parks, including the National Sports Center, Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park and Bunker Hills Regional Park all presented issues for the event. NSC charges too much for events and the other two parks don't provide adequate parking and would cause more red tape.
The dates for the festival have yet to be announced, but they are looking at July 18th, July 25th, August 1st and August 8th. Last year the event ran from 5pm to 10:30pm. This year the event has a budget of about $25,000 and expects to see 1,500 to 3,000 people in attendance.
Tickets are expected to be sold in advance and will go on sale in the upcoming months once a date has been established.