Iowa City will celebrate the installation of a new 40 space bicycle parklet with a community gathering that includes breakfast and giveaways, Friday morning.
The parklet is the first of its kind in downtown Iowa City and will go in near the corner of Washington and Dubuque Streets in the loading zone space next to US Bank.
To unveil and celebrate the new parklet, people are encouraged to bike downtown on Friday, Oct. 14 and stop by the parklet between 7:30 and 9 a.m. for complementary Molly’s Cupcakes pastries, Java House coffee and bike related giveaways. Those interested in attending are encouraged to learn more and RSVP to the Bike Downtown Day Facebook Event.
OPN Architects designed the parklet and titled it “Play," which is also spelled out in the design. It was chosen for its unique and imaginative look that showcases Iowa City’s bike-ability, as well as its functionality to create additional safe, convenient bike parking in downtown Iowa City.
Funds for the parklet came from the City of Iowa City as part of its commitment to improving bicycle friendliness and infrastructure. The City is currently working to update its Bike Master Plan and to make additional improvements including the installation of additional bike lanes, new repair stations and racks as well as expanding trails.