Creating Great Places Supports Community Projects
Posted on Monday May 03, 2021
For the last two years, Creating Great Places (CGP) has been quietly supporting Coon Rapids projects through several financial pledges. This month, they donated $10,000 to the city to help pay for new wayfinding signs and poles.

“Creating Great Places’ purpose is to provide capacity-building services for community-based groups,” said CGP Board President Jesica Leighty. “Our focus is on providing funds that support Coon Rapids’ projects that further historical preservation, culture, health-promotion, education, and other projects that will continue to make Coon Rapids a great place.”

In the past two years, CGP has made considerable financial contributions to the Coon Rapids community. In addition to the most recent $10,000, they have pledged over $20,000 in matching funds to have a large 360-degree mural painted on the Todd and Charlotte Heck grain bins on Main Street. They also provided the $2,500 to pay artist Zach Jones to commission artwork concepts for the bins. That project is still in the funding phase.

Last summer CGP donated $13,000 to the Coon Rapids Stronger Together Partnership Small Business Relief Program that provided grants to 16 local businesses impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic. In 2020 they also donated $2,500 towards implementing the new marketing plan for the community and $5,000 towards a Main Street Coon Rapids mini-grant program that provides funds for building owners to make improvements to their buildings.

CGP is a supporter of the Main Street Coon Rapids program, having pledged $2,000 annually for three years to the program. Annually, they contribute $6,000 to the city for the community coordinator position and expenses. In 2019, they donated $2,000 in matching funds to Whiterock Conservancy for a compostable restroom near the Garst Home Farm Fishing Ponds. Looking to the future, CGP board members have pledged $15,000 to the Riverside Trail Improvement project.

The non-profit organization in Coon Rapids is overseen by a five-person board consisting of Mary Schwaller, Kevin Dorpinghaus, Joel Roetman, Nathan Muench, and Leighty and an executive director, Katie Mason.

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