Cornhole Boards Installed at Crosslake Community Center – Pine and Lakes Echo Journal

CROSSLAKE – The Crosslake Community Center added a new activity for residents and visitors on Thursday, August 11, installing two pairs of cornhole boards.

The concrete cornhole “boards” were installed in place of the community center’s bocce courts, which did not generate the interest that staff had hoped for when they were installed in 2016.

“We anticipated that people were going to rent our equipment more and that it would be really heavily used,” said parks and recreation manager TJ Graumann. “Not many people actually rented our equipment, and it was just a big maintenance item, because it was a clay surface and those have a lot of ongoing maintenance.”

The staff decided it would be best to repurpose the area and set up a different activity that could be used more frequently. The question was to know what activity would be installed there.

Then an idea came to Graumann while visiting family in North Dakota.

“I visited a park and saw these concrete cornhole boards, so I took a picture of them,” he said. “Thanks to the PAL (Parks and Library) Foundation, we were coming up with projects that we could get done pretty quickly – within a year. I showed them those photos and the idea kind of took off from there.

The concrete panels and surrounding wood chips were installed for $2,600 and paid for with PAL Foundation funds.

The new Crosslake Community Center cornhole signs were installed on Thursday, August 11, 2022.

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“I haven’t seen any concrete cornhole signs in the Brainerd Lakes area,” Graumann said. “That’s kind of the reason we focused on that…So we’re trying to bring those components that will attract people to Crosslake parks.”

The community center will check the bags of potential players for free, provided the individual leaves some sort of security, such as a driver’s license, until the bags are returned.

In the few weeks the councils have been in place, Graumann said public response to the addition of the community center has been overwhelmingly positive.

“I actually posted it on our Facebook page, and people were just ranting and raving (in the comments),” he said. “The day after this ad was posted, we received two or three phone calls asking where the signs were and if we had any bags. I think it’s already been used more than the pétanque courts, just in those two weeks.

Bags can be picked up at the Community Center during normal business hours.

Dan Determan, Sports Writer/Editor, can be reached at 218-855-5879 or

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