Urbandale is having a party on May 5, and everyone is invited. The city is once again offering free food, fun and festivities, capped off with the Mayor’s Bike Ride for those who want to enjoy a jaunt in the fresh air.
“Everything is free, but those we will be collecting donations to help build Urbandale’s All-Inclusive Playground,” said Derek Zarn, the city’s communications specialist. The planned playground will include construction and equipment that make play accessible to children with all manner of disabilities. The Department of Parks and Recreation described the planned playground in an interview with CW Live. The park will be a five-minute drive off the interstate and thus accessible to not just Urbandale residents.
The fun day will kick off at 11 a.m. at the Lion’s Park Shelterhouse, where the Lion’s Club will be serving up pancake breakfasts until 1 p.m.
Also from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., there will be crafts, activities and games for the young and young at heart.
To stress the importance of safety while cycling, the city will offer not only bike helmet fittings, but also conduct a helmet giveaway, thanks to the generosity of State Farm Insurance and agent Ben Buenzow, Zarn told the Urbandale Times in a telephone interview. Bicycle licensing will also be available.
At 1 p.m. the actual bike ride will start, offering three fun routes: one is 4 miles, one is 10 and one is 18. According to a post on the event's Facebook page, one route will offer the chance to “Experience a ‘pop-up’ protected bike lane along Aurora Avenue and learn more about the Complete Streets committee efforts to support roadway design that accommodates all transportation modes.”
The Mayor’s Bike Ride is an annual Urbandale tradition that gets residents out in the nice weather, enjoying the parks and raising money for good causes.
Mayor Bob Andeweg will be biking — both because he is the mayor and because he enjoys biking, Zarn says — as will Zarn and other city employees and officials who will take part as individual residents.
For more information on the proposed park, see urbandale.org/817/All-Inclusive-Playground.