Come for the ride - stay for the party! Ingersoll Live has grown to be one of Des Moines’ premiere summer events playing host to nearly 10,000 people in 2011. The event is a celebration of the revitalization work that has been completed on the corridor in recent years as well as a fundraiser for the ongoing revitalization efforts.
The ride is an opportunity to get out and experience the unique and historic neighborhoods, trails, parks, and other amenities that are served by the businesses, schools and institutions within the Ingersoll and Grand Ave. District.
The ride is family friendly and will begin at 28th and Ingersoll Ave. Riders will head east on Ingersoll to the Pappajohn Sculpture Park, south to the MLK extension, then east to Principal Park. From there the route will take riders west following the Raccoon River, passing Gray’s Lake and into Waterworks Park. Riders can choose to head back to Ingersoll via Greenwood Park (an approx. 10 mile loop) or continue on to Colby Park in Windsor Heights via trails. From Colby Park, riders can “double-back” riding through Waterbury (one of Iowa’s most picturesque neighborhoods) to Polk and Kingman Boulevards and back to Ingersoll Ave. to complete the nearly 20 mile loop. The ride will include both urban street and recreational trail riding.
A drink ticket will be handed out to the first 50 riders which can be redeemed later in the day at Ingersoll Live. Free bike valet (donations recommended), provided by the Des Moines Bicycle Collective, will be available at the event.
Hope to see you on August 25th!