A great city has places to go and ways to get there, and Cedar Rapids celebrated both this Labor Day weekend. One of the city's most treasured places threw a party for itself Thursday afternoon as CSPS dedicated its courtyard. All that was missing were the bricks recognizing donors, which will be installed near the current entrance at a later time.
John recognized the contributions of many people to this milestone in the building's story, including volunteers from CSA, the successor organization to the Czech and Slovak Protective Society, who were outfitted in natty blue shirts.
Jack Evans, head of the philanthropic Hall-Perrine Foundation, praised Legion Arts and CSPS for "uniquely contributing to the quality of life in Cedar Rapids." He called Mel and John "entrepreneurs in the arts" just as the foundation's original benefactor, Howard Hall, was an entrepreneur in industry.
|Your humble blogger stands before the mural "Current: The Pulse of Life"|
The celebration continued all afternoon with music and an opening reception for visiting artist Blair Gauntt.
Monday was about celebrating ways to get to places, with the annual Mayors' Bike Ride put on by the Linn County Trails Association. Weather was sunny and summery, and a large crowd gathered (365 according to the Gazette story).
State Representative Art Staed was the first elected official spotted:
We did the traditional 8-mile route, through downtown and up to Cedar Lake and back. Riders saw infrastructure old...
|Trail between 1st St NW and the Cedar River|
|Protected bike lane into downtown on 3rd Avenue Bridge|
|Past the end of the bike lane on 3rd Avenue SE|
|This picture shows swimming pool, playground and picnic area...|
there are also hiking trails, a golf course and a Shakespeare garden
At the LCTA booth, riders could score coffee and snacks and study the metro area's future plans for commuter routes in town...
|Marion Master Trails Plan|
|CVNT improvements entering Center Point|
SEE ALSO: James Q. Lynch, "Mayors' Bike Ride a Chance for 'Happy' Bike Policy Input," http://www.thegazette.com/subject/news/government/local/mayors-bike-ride-a-chance-for-happy-bike-policy-input-20160905
B.A. Morelli, "After Sidewalks Installed, Some Cedar Rapids Critics Admit They Are Better Off," Cedar Rapids Gazette, 4 September 2016, http://www.thegazette.com/subject/news/government/local/after-sidewalks-installed-some-cedar-rapids-critics-admit-they-are-better-off-20160904
EARLIER LABOR DAY POSTS
"Labor Day Weekend," 7 September 2015
"Indulging in Urban Fantasy," 6 September 2014
"Mayors' Bike Ride," 3 September 2013