June 26--WAVERLY -- With a month until RAGBRAI riders stream into Waverly, a new city structure is nearing completion for guests to enjoy.
Installation of the ribs of the riverside amphitheater structure in Kohlmann Park began Wednesday. The structure will host musicians and other entertainment during the RAGBRAI Waverly stopover July 24.
"It should just be a couple of weeks," said Tab Ray, Waverly Leisure Services director of the amphitheater construction.
"The ribs are going up today," Ray said. "After that it's wiring, speakers and landscaping."
Members of the Waverly Municipal Band are assisting with some of the final work. Completion was initially targeted for earlier this year for the band's performing season.
The band will at least be able to conclude their season there for their final performance of the year July 24 when RAGBRAI rolls through town.
The band is scheduled to wrap up entertainment at Kohlmann Park with their performance at 4 p.m., said Emily Neuendorf of the Waverly Chamber of Commerce.
The amphitheater was designed by Waverly native Ann Cashman and Darian Lu. Multiple sources of funding including public fundraising, city financing and grants including from the Vision Iowa River Enhancement Community Attraction and Tourism program.
The structure is made of multiple spires ranging in height up to 16 feet tall. Once complete, the structure will be about 65 feet wide. The amphitheater sits on the north end of Kohlmann Park facing south.
During the RAGBRAI stop, the park will host all-ages entertainment including juggling, magic acts, art and face painting, Neuendorf said.
After the 4 p.m. municipal band performance, festivities will shift over to the main stage off the 200 block of East Bremer Avenue, where Christian band Crossed, Orquesta Alto Maiz and Arch Allies will play.
RAGBRAI officials from Des Moines met with local planners in Waverly on Wednesday along with representatives from city, county and state law enforcement agencies to discuss traffic control and safety along the route.
Riders who are planning to camp can stay on portions of Wartburg campus, outside the Waverly-Shell Rock middle school or high school, the Bremer County fairgrounds or Waverly Sales Co. in the northwest quadrant of town. However, planners are still looking for volunteers to house riders.
"Right now we have more requests for housing than we have hosts," Neuendorf said, adding residents have been generous so far to teams and riders.
"It seems like whenever we ask people to host, they say, 'We already are,'" she added. "We just need more people who are willing to help and open their homes and provide some of that great Iowa hospitality."
Anyone wishing to volunteer or host a rider can contact the Waverly Chamber of Commerce at 352-4526.
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