Charles Harper, a Muscatine businessman, will be honored by the gazebo.

Muscatine, His family will dedicate a memorial gazebo to him along the West Side Trail near the Soccer West parking lot.

The Muscatine City Council approved Thursday’s request from Charles Harper’s family to permit the permanent improvement to go ahead on the city’s property. The Harper family will provide materials and labor for the construction of the gazebo. This includes a bike fix station and a water bottle filling station. The gazebo location is in line with the city’s plans for the area as a trailhead to West Side Trail and the Kent Stine Trail.

John Jindrich, the council member, said that “in addition to all of the wonderful things Charlie did on the trail and bicycling and so forth” “Thanks to Charlie span>

Harper, age 85, passed away on Friday, May 28th, 16 days after suffering from a stroke. Harper Cycling and Fitness was his 55-year-old business, during which he sold many Muscatine residents the first bicycles. He rode with his friends from California to Florida. He was a member of The Wheelmen, the Iowa Captain, Knights of Columbus, and Melon City Bike Club. He was a member of Muscatine Park and Recreation and Hoover Nature Trail. Harper also participated in RAGBRAI.
Harper was well-known for his generosity when welcoming bicyclists to Muscatine. Harper was open to sharing his passions and helped new bicyclists. In addition, he donated his bikes to local charities.

Several members of Harper’s family attended the council meeting. The motion was unanimously passed. The Harper family expressed an interest in the construction of the gazebo before June 2022. The Harper family wrote that the gazebo would look similar to Weed Park or Deep Lakes during the current trial.

Peggy Gordon, a council member, stated that she wanted to express gratitude to the Harper family for their gift. “Charlie left a legacy. He was a part of Muscatine, and he raised a wonderful family. It will be proudly displayed down there and will be used well. ”

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