Monticello’s pathway system will be celebrated Saturday, June 8 with the 24th annual Walk and Roll.

The annual celebration of the city’s trail system begins at 9 a.m. and concludes with a giant bike giveaway at 12 p.m. in West Bridge Park. The event will be held rain or shine. 

Walk and Roll kicks off in the west parking lot of CentraCare-Health Monticello, at 1013 Hart Boulevard, where CentraCare Health will host its annual bike helmet sale and bike rodeo from 9 a.m.-Noon. 

Kids can also enjoy riding their bikes through a safe and fun obstacle course. Bike helmets will be sold at a reduced cost on a first-come basis. Helmets will be available in toddler, child, youth and adult sizes.  In order to ensure a correct fit, the wearer of each helmet must be present to be fitted by trained staff before purchasing a helmet. Minnesota Off-road Cyclists will also have an obstacle course in the lot where participants can practice or experience their skills on an off-road bike course.

The event then heads west through Ellison Park, along River Street, into East Bridge Park and finally the activity-filled West Bridge Park.

About 60 “Pathway Partners” will have activities or health-related displays along the Walk and Roll route. These “Pathway Partners” are comprised of businesses and community organizations who help support the event and its bike giveaway. To be eligible to win one of the 60 bikes, both children and adults need to obtain a “Pathport,” like a passport, and have it validated at a minimum of 20 Pathway Partner booths along the pathway. Turn your pathport in at West Bridge Park - and you’re entered in the drawing. The drawing takes place at 12:30 p.m. (Pathports are available at the Chamber of Commerce booth in the CentraCare-Monticello parking lot.) 

Food and fun will be found along the pathway during the 2019 Walk ‘n’ Roll, including face painting, balloon twisting and food trucks at Ellison Park. 

Monti Arts, the city’s arts initiative, will be in East Bridge Park assisting kids in decorating their bikes and bike helmets. Monti Arts will also be providing a bike photo booth. There will also be face painting offered in East Bridge Park.

West Bridge Park activities include a Minnesota National Guard climbing tower, a fire truck from the Monticello Fire Department and concessions provided by the Monticello Lions. Mmusic from Dean-O-Mite the DJ begins at 11 a.m.

Parking will be available in the Monticello Middle School parking lot this year.

Hoglund Transportation will provide a free shuttle service from West Bridge Park back to the middle school and hospital lots atarting at 12:30 p.m.

The event is organized by The City of Monticello and the Chamber of Commerce & Industry. More information is available online at info@ci.monticello.mn.us.

Editor

Jeff Hage is the editor of the Monticello Times newspaper in Monticello, Minn. He came to Monticello after seven years at our sister papers in Princeton and Milaca.

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