July 2018 Update

I hope you’re enjoying your summer with all the events and activities around Crystal! Here are some highlights:

Pizza Ranch

Welcome to Crystal, Pizza Ranch! I met co-owner Randall Hubin in June after their grand opening. Pizza Ranch offers dine-in and take-out options with the state’s first Fun Zone Arcade. Also, council approved planning for a new Taco Bell, located in the the north end of the Target parking lot, which will open in 2019.


At the June 19 city council meeting, Police Chief Stephanie Revering presented the Chief’s Award to Joann Leser for her life-saving efforts on June 2 at the Crystal Cafe & Grill. Leser saved the life of a diner by performing the Heimlich maneuver. KARE 11 has more on her heroism:

Council was invited to join the Park/Recreation Commission with staff on a park tour on June 20. We visited parks in Plymouth, St. Louis Park, and Hopkins to see examples of innovative projects. From alternative tennis court surfaces to community gardens and hockey rinks, we enjoyed a taste of what we could adapt and create in our Crystal Parks.

MRPA award

Speaking of parks, Mayor Jim Adams and the Crystal City Council was presented with a 2017 Minnesota Recreation and Park Association (MRPA) Award of Excellence for its Park System Master Plan. Congratulations to Recreation Director John Elholm and staff, with the Park/Rec Commission and YOU for providing input and guidance through the planning process!

Civil Air Patrol

The Crystal Airport Open House was another big hit, and thanks to council member Julie Deshler for organizing and volunteers for helping. I met Major Alan Trombley with the Civil Air Patrol and learned about their Cadet program for kids 12-18 held at the airport. Is your child a fan of flying, maybe as a career? Learn more at GoCivilAirPatrol.com

Construction projects:

  • The Hwy. 100 Bassett Creek pedestrian bridge is closed until late August for major routine maintenance consisting primarily of railing repainting. The railings must be removed and painted off-site.
  • The Bass Lake Road streetscape project is ahead of schedule and wrapping up work in August. Look for new sidewalks, bike racks, street lights and plantings!

Upcoming Events:

Becker Park Outdoor Concerts. FREE! Crankshaft & the Gear Grinders July 9 and Chad Edwards July 23, Bring a blanket or chair. Support the Crystal Lions by purchasing concessions. More summer fun details here.

Light of Crystal FREE Pizza in the Park – July 15. Enjoy some free pizza with neighbors! 5-7pm at Crystal Highlands Park, 6800 Markwood Dr. LoC is an active and diverse group that promotes city pride and community building.  All are welcome – find out more about LoC here.

Free Fitness in The Park • July 11 & 25. Get a workout in over your lunch break with Jazzercize Strength 45, 12:00 noon at Becker Park, details here. Love yoga? Come to Basset Creek Park on Monday, July 23, 6:30 pm – free and all levels welcome, located south of the dog park.

Crystal Frolics – July 26-29. Games, music, food and fun at Becker Park and other areas around Crystal. Visit CrystalFrolics.org for details!

For council meeting updates, visit my recap page — and City of Crystal’s website to view meetings and council packets.

July Ending with Fireworks!


It’s been a busy month for most of us and many cities around us. July kicked off with Robbinsdale’s Whiz Bang Days, then New Hope with Duk Duk Daze. The end of the month finale is Crystal Frolics, held annually during the last weekend in July. I serve on the Frolics committee and want to share some highlights:

  • The Search for the Crystal Ball begins Thursday with the first clue. The winner receives $500 in gift cards from area businesses. You need a button to play, and don’t forget to register it! You can purchase one for $2 at Crystal Community Center, Crystal City Hall, Associated Bank, Almsted’s Fresh Market and at the Frolics.
  • Your favorite carnival and service organizations will be there selling food and beverages. New this year is Palm/Tarot Card readings and two new food vendors:  Joshua Sells Kettle Corn and Mountain Mudd Coffee will offer hot/cold/blended coffee, smoothies, and chai tea. The Family Festival on Sunday added more goodies with free tattoos by Crystal Outreach Task Force and a free book giveaway from Friends of Ridgedale Library.
  • Help the NEAR Food Shelf by dunking your favorite city officials in the Mayor’s Dunk Tank – Friday night from 6-9pm! I’ll be one of many sitting inside getting soaked for a great cause. Look for the turquoise barrel and people throwing softballs at it. 🙂


So much fun packed into 4 days – hope to see you there! Get information at the Frolics website or on Facebook. Look for the Sun Post flyer with ride coupons and more online and at at the event. Frolics President Lynn Haney showcases more offerings in this video: