Dear Perry Residents,
I hope you are excited as I am to welcome “RAGBRAI XLI” to Perry on July 22, 2013!
We will have close to 25,000 visitors to Perry during this overnight stop. What a tremendous opportunity to showcase our town! I am very proud of Perry’s history as well as our growth. This includes the completion of the Raccoon River Recreational Trail, the construction of the DMACC at Perry Van Kirk Career Academy, the Carnegie Library Museum, Dallas County Hospital, Perry Community Schools and of course our dedicated local businesses and residents!
Our motto is “Make Yourself at Home!” We have the opportunity to display our hospitality to the RAGBRAI riders and visitors by offering our homes or yards for camping, volunteering to help the RAGBRAI Committee or working with our local civic organizations and churches to provide meals.
If you are interested in hosting riders in your yard or in your home, please click here to sign up. You will be able to choose to offer the riders an indoor stay or backyard camping, prefer smoking or non-smoking guests and if you would be willing to offer meals or the use of the restroom facilities.
The City of Perry will be providing announcements and updates of the RAGBRAI routes through town. On the day of the ride, you may need to use a detour or plan for extra time when driving in and around Perry. Please exercise patience and caution during the RAGBRAI stop and let this be a safe and enjoyable visit.
Jay P. Pattee
Mayor of Perry, Iowa
RAGBRAI Changes on July 22nd and July 23rd:
Perry will host the RAGBRAI riders overnight on Monday, July 22nd. With over 20,000 riders in town, there will be significant traffic congestion along with reduced parking availability. Please have patience during July 22nd and July 23rd when we welcome the RAGBRAI riders to Perry!
Temporary No Parking Zones: The following streets will be used for shuttle routes and parking will be suspended during RAGBRAI - 18th Street from Willis to Warford on both sides, McKinley from 18th to 16th on both sides, 16th Street from McKinley to North Street on both sides, North Street from 16th to 7th on both sides, 8th Street from Dewey to Pattee on the west side, Lucinda from 4th to 3rd on both sides, Warford from 1st to West 4th Street on both sides and Warford from 4th to 5th on the north side.
Street Closings during RAGBRAI on July 22nd and the morning of July 23rd:
-The center lane(s) on 1st Street from Highway 141 north to the intersection with Willis Avenue.
-Willis Avenue from 1st Street to 10th Street, however 10th Street will be open but Willis Avenue will be blocked on the west side of 10th Street.
-Most of West 3rd and Harold Bailey Way on the south side of Pattee Park.
-Center Street west of Don’s TV to Pattee Park/West 3rd Street.
-Other streets may be closed in areas around the City parks and green spaces dependent upon traffic and parking conditions.
The route for RAGBRAI riders on Monday is P58 north into Perry on 1st Street, then east on Willis Avenue. The route for RAGBRAI riders on Tuesday is Willis Avenue to 1st Street and then back south on P58. Police Chief Dan Brickner recommends to residents that their afternoon/evening commute on Monday should avoid that area and that their commute on Tuesday morning should also avoid that area.
Garbage/Recycle Route Changes:
Garbage and Recycle Routes will be picked up as scheduled on Monday, July 22nd. Garbage and Recycle Routes regularly scheduled for Tuesday, July 23rd will be picked up on Wednesday, July 24th. No yard waste will be picked up on Wednesday, July 24th. Yard waste pick-up will resume on Wednesday, July 31st with pick-up on the SOUTH side of Willis Avenue.
Please call City Hall at 465-2481 if you have any questions.