HOPKINS, MN, July 11, 2015 – The City of Hopkins will host the Artery Experiment – a fun-filled event intended to test out plans for the Artery, to introduce the project to the community, and to encourage them to shape this special place and its final design, all while having a ton of fun!
Join the City of Hopkins, residents and business owners on Saturday, July 11, 2015 from 11:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. along 8th Avenue South from Excelsior Boulevard to the Minnetonka Regional Trail, just north of Mainstreet, as they present the Artery Experiment, an Open Streets event, testing out the preliminary design of the Artery. The Artery project will ultimately create a pedestrian seductive corridor that connects Mainstreet with the Downtown Hopkins LRT Station; but before it gets built, we want to test it out and get public feedback!
To encourage Hopkins residents and visitors to influence this special place, the City will host this Open Streets event. The Artery Experiment will feature temporary installations of the Artery, including a protected bikeway, art exhibits, live music and performances, food trucks, games, roving artists, free bike tune ups, crafts, water play, and much more. So grab your bike and come on down! All are welcome!
“We want people to come out, test out some of our ideas for the Artery Project, and tell us what they like about the plans and what they would like to see included,” said the City’s Community Development Coordinator, Meg Beekman. “We need feedback from the community, so that we can incorporate community preferences into the Artery’s final design.”
The Artery Experiment will provide attendees the chance to:
- Check out a temporary installation of the cycle track – a protected bikeway along 8th Avenue that will connect the Minnetonka Regional Trail with the Cedar Lake Regional Trail – and grab one of the bikes provided by Three Rivers Park District to test it out!
- Get an idea of what the future Artery will look like and share ideas and feedback!
- Observe and purchase artwork – and even create their own!
- Watch artists creating art live, including a professional chalk artist doing 3D chalk drawings
- Have their bikes tuned up by Cycles for Change staff
- Meet with Hopkins Police Bike Patrol officers and learn about bike safety
- Lounge in one of the outdoor “art rooms”
- Enjoy live entertainment, food, games, and much more!
For a full schedule of the day’s events, please visit www.hopkinsmn.com/events/artery or contact Alyssa Kelley with any additional questions.
The Artery Experiment is made possible in part by the following:
Blue Cross Blue Shield Minnesota
City of Hopkins
Cycles for Change
Minnesota Department of Health
Three Rivers Park District
The Depot Coffeehouse
Friends of the Hopkins Center for the Arts