Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Park your bike here, inside this fence September 4, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Audrey Kletscher Helbling @ 8:51 AM

“Excuse me, but is there a bathroom around that I can use?” I ask two women sitting on a bench outside the fenced Kenyon Municipal Swimming Pool.

I figure there’s one in the bathhouse, but I’m not sure I should use it and I really don’t want to use the porta-potty across the park.

“Yeah, there’s one by the pool,” one woman points.

“Thank you,” I say, after asking about the location of the bathroom entry.

As I round the corner of the changing house, I abruptly stop. There, just down the hill from the pool and next to the boarded ice skating rink site, is a bike corral.

The bike parking lot, next to the pool and ice rink.

The bike parking lot, next to the pool and ice rink.

I’ve never seen anything like this bike parking area—bright orange snow fencing fastened to a rectangle of fence posts. Inside are two bikes secured in a rack, three bikes simply dropped upon the worn grass and two bikes leaning on their kick stands.

“BIKE PARKING,” the sign reads.

And to think that I would have missed this quirky small-town bike parking lot if I had been willing to pee in a porta-potty.

A sign indicates that this fenced parking space is reserved for bikes only near the Kenyon Municipal Swimming Pool.

A sign indicates that this fenced parking space is reserved for bikes only near the Kenyon pool.

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