There’s always something happening on Platteville Main Street.

Mar 13, 2013

Three unique designs will be installed on Main Street for Bike to Work Week this spring.

Thanks to the creative designs of several local community members, artists, and metal workers, Platteville’s Main Street will soon be home to three unique bike racks.  The creative designs were submitted in response to the Platteville Main Street Sustainability Committee’s Creative Bike Rack Design Competition.  For this competition, community members and metal workers were invited to submit design proposals for functional public art bike racks to enhance the Main Street district.

This project was made available from the Platteville Community Fund’s Robert and Marian Graham Community Fund.  The Robert and Marian Graham Endowment Fund is a resource for area non-profit organizations whose programs and services are working for the betterment of our communities.  Grants from the Platteville Community Fund have supported the arts, education, environment, health and human services and historical preservation.

The competition winners are:

  • Rich Fizzell with Prairie Art Metal of Brooklyn, WI.  Rich’s design of an old-style high-wheeler bicycle will contribute to downtown Platteville’s historic character.
  • The Kristina, Paul, Michael, and Emily Fields family and Jeff Baker of Baker Ironworks of Platteville, WI.  The Fields-Baker Ironworks team’s collaborative design features a modern bicycle with a trailer rack.  This design celebrates Platteville as a bike-friendly, family-friendly community.
  • The John, Lois, Sandi, and Sheri Schwert family team of Gays Mills, WITeam Schwert’s stylized design of mature ears of corn and young plant sprouts recognizes the importance of agriculture in the Platteville area.

The Platteville Creative Bike Rack Design Competition Committee was very impressed by the quality and variety of design submissions.  “The creative bike rack competition is a great opportunity to add art work to the down town area.  Hopefully with additional funding we can have other artistic designs produced and displayed down town,” said Tim Ingram, owner of Momentum Bikes on Main Street.  Specific locations for the racks are yet to be determined.  However, the bike racks will be located in highly visible areas along Main Street.  These racks will increase available bike parking on Main Street, helping to implement goals articulated in the 2010 Platteville Downtown Revitalization Plan.  Jack Luedtke, executive director of the Platteville Main Street Program, noted “These functional pieces of art along Main Street are a significant part of our effort to enhance the community experience in Downtown Platteville for not only our citizens but also for visitors to the City.  The historic murals, the veteran's memorial in City Park, and now the art objects/bike racks, give people a reason to spend more time in historic Downtown Platteville.” 

Since August 2012, the Platteville Main Street Sustainability Committee has organized recycling at Dairy Days, presented a community film series at the Avalon Cinemas, and hosted the Creative Bike Rack Competition.  Working in partnership with the Platteville Dairy Days committee, L & M Corrugated Containers of Platteville, and Faherty Recycling, committee members organized and emptied recycling containers throughout Dairy Days, and diverted approximately 33 percent of the waste stream, according to Ed Faherty of Faherty, Inc.  The Sustainability Committee collaborated with the Platteville Public Library, State Theaters, and Faherty, Inc. to present three free showings of the movie Bag It: Is your life too Plastic? Approximately 50 people attended the three different showings, where Ed Faherty answered questions about recycling practices.

The Platteville Main Street Sustainability Committee meets on the third Wednesday of every month at 6pm at Driftless Market and is open to everyone interested in advancing sustainability principles in Platteville.  For more information about the Platteville Main Street Sustainability Committee, please contact Heidi Dyas‐McBeth at Heidi@driftlessmarket.com or (608) 348-2696.

Jan 10, 2013

The Platteville Main Street program hosted its fourth annual Sweet Treats on Main event on October 27. Thirty-nine merchants participated and offered candy for the kids and discounts for adults. “We’re really impressed with the turn-out this year. It just keeps getting bigger every year,” commented Jack Luedtke, Executive Director of the Main Street program. This year, Main Street was packed with an estimated crowd of 350 people in attendance. Goofy, Tigger, and several other lovable children’s characters also made an appearance.

Jan 10, 2013

The Platteville Main Street Program is seeking design proposals for functional public art bike racks to be located throughout the Main Street District. Winning bike racks will be both functional and creative, enhancing the historic cultural persona of Main Street. Specifically, the proposals should strive to demonstrate the spirit of Creative Placemaking: “Creative placemaking animates public and private spaces, rejuvenates structures, and streetscapes, improves local business viability and public safety, and brings diverse people together to celebrate, inspire, and be inspired.”

There is a total award of $750 ($500 prize and $250 for materials and bike rack fabrication). Two designs will be selected and awarded. The selected artists and/or artist teams will receive $250 for materials and fabrication and $500 upon completion of the rack. Awarded proposals will be responsible for the fabrication of the final product.

NOTE: Selected artists are permitted to work with outside contractors to fabricate the actual work of art.  This must be specified in application and the contractor should be included in the artist team. The artist/design team is not responsible for installation of the rack.

Eligibility: Open to all. Students are encouraged to participate.

Deadline: Proposals are due January 30, 2013

For further information, please download the Request for Proposal and Application.

Jan 10, 2013

Welcome to the new website for Platteville Main Street Program! Please take some time to explore and become acquainted with the new site. We trust that you'll find it much easier to navigate and will come back often to stay informed of events, happenings, and exciting updates from your Platteville Main Street. Some specific areas to check out:

  • The Events Page: Find detailed descriptions of frequent events organized by Platteville Main Street.
  • The Calendar Page: Check out what's happening on Main Street this month and in the future.
  • The Business Directory: With new businesses added frequently, you're certain to find exactly what you need.
  • Community Sponsors Directory: We couldn't provide such a vibrant downtown experience without the help of our friends.

Again, welcome to the new Main Street where there's always something going on.