City of Anoka
Anoka is a suburban city of 17,100+ residents and rests at the confluence of the Rum and Mississippi Rivers northwest of the Twin Cities; about 18 miles from Minneapolis and 25 miles from St. Paul.
As the county seat of one of the fastest growing counties in the Twin Cities Metro area, Anoka offers an abundance of attractions, events and activities. It’s historic downtown boasts an array of eclectic and unique shops, restaurants and services, all surrounded by beautiful city parks, trails, and neighborhoods. The Anoka Enterprise Park located on the west side of town is brimming with large manufacturing, machining, and distribution businesses, providing employment for over 2,500 people. The largest private employers in Anoka are Federal Cartridge Company/ATK and Pentair Custom Products which together employ another 3,000 people. Over 900 businesses reside in Anoka ranging from in-home offices to major international corporations plus the Metro Regional Treatment Center, Anoka County Government Center, Anoka Technical College, Anoka-Hennepin School District 11, and municipal buildings which all together provide over 14,000 jobs.
The City of Anoka was settled in 1844 and formally incorporated in 1878. In 1914, the City adopted the council-manager form of government and continues to operate under this system. The council is the policy making body and the city manager serves as the chief executive officer heading up a staff of approximately 110 full-time employees. The city council is comprised of four council members and a mayor, all elected at large. Several volunteer citizen boards and commissions serve in an advisory capacity to the city council.
Anoka City Hall is open 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Services include the Anoka Police Department, the Anoka-Champlin Fire Department, city-owned and operated Green Haven Golf & Banquet Center, two Better Values Liquor stores, the Anoka Aquatic Center, the Anoka Senior Center, and two cemeteries. Anoka has operated its own electric utility, Anoka Municipal Utility (AMU) since 1909.
Anoka provides unlimited water recreation opportunities. At the confluence of the rivers, the community provides a historic park that connects the walking and biking trail system throughout the city. The Anoka Nature Preserve, at the north end of the city, is a 200-acre natural area offering passive recreation, trails, and access to the Rum River. Anoka’s 30 parks and playgrounds, with four major park complexes including a lit and supervised sliding hill, 15 ball fields including the new Castle Field, and four tennis court facilities.
Housing opportunities range from stately historic older homes to beautiful executive homes along the rivers, to quad-homes, townhomes, apartments, and buildings designed specifically for the needs of senior citizens. Recent developments include senior condominiums in the Historic Rum River District located downtown, and the Homestead at Anoka, a senior care campus located near the Northstar Train Station. Anoka has a stop along the Northstar Commuter Rail Line. As Minnesota’s first commuter rail service, Northstar trains operate along a 40-mile route between Big Lake and downtown Minneapolis. Stations are located in Big Lake, Elk River, Ramsey, Anoka, Coon Rapids-Riverdale, Fridley and downtown Minneapolis, adjacent to Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins.
Anoka-Hennepin School District 11 is the state’s largest school district and is headquartered in Anoka with three elementary, one middle school, and one senior high school within the city. Anoka is served commercially by Comcast Cable whose franchise supports local programming through the non-profit Quad Cities Community Television, www.qctv.org.
Throughout its history, Anoka has promoted economic development. Currently, efforts are focused on housing rehabilitation and development, commercial redevelopment, and historic preservation of the Central Business District. Development continues in and around Anoka due to several development trends including the metropolitan expansion, the Twin Cities to St. Cloud corridor growth, Anoka County growth, and Anoka’s Northstar Commuter Rail Station area development.
Annual summer events include Anoka Riverfest & Craft Fair, the Anoka Classic Car Show, and Sidewalk Sale Days. Anoka is known as the “Halloween Capital of the World” so each year October is filled with fun activities for all! In December, experience Anoka’s Tree Lighting & Hometown Holiday Celebration. Throughout Anoka, businesses, products, services, entertainment, and activities are abundant. Anoka invites you to share in all it has to offer!
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