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Iowa City officials seek proposals for putt-putt course

Design a hole for temporary installation at party, Ped Mall

A temporary miniature golf course was set up in the Coral Ridge Mall for the Hammer Head Putt-Putt golf tournament to benefit the Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity in 2009. (Gazette file photo)
A temporary miniature golf course was set up in the Coral Ridge Mall for the Hammer Head Putt-Putt golf tournament to benefit the Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity in 2009. (Gazette file photo)

IOWA CITY — Downtown Iowa City officials are seeking design proposals from artists, engineers, clubs and organizations to build and install a nine-hold putt-putt course for a new night Block Party Event in June and for a longer installation at the Pedestrian Mall.

Those submitting proposals are asked to design and build one imaginative golf hole to be put together into a putt-putt course that incorporates fun challenges for players.

The putt-putt course is to be unveiled during the Downtown Block Party on June 24 and then is to be used for a two-week installation in Black Hawk Mini Park at the Ped Mall from July 3 through July 15.

The Iowa City Downtown District is looking for each golf hole to be sized between 100 and 200 square feet, follow safety standards, be a reasonable weight that does not require large equipment to move and be able to survive outdoor elements for up to two weeks. It is encouraged for the holes to be designed as a group effort.

Proposals should be submitted online or mailed to 103 E College St. Suite 200, Iowa City, IA 52240.

The application asks for a preliminary sketch and design of the proposed putt-putt hole with elevation views, dimensions and materials used to build and create the hole and any design features, including weight.

Those submitting accepted proposals will receive a $400 award for the completed golf hole. Following the submission deadline, a jury is to review all proposals and choose nine.

Applications are due April 20 and chosen proposals are to be selected by May 1. Construction deadline is June 22.

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The putt-putt course is the first element in the Black Hawk Mini Park placemaking pilot program put on by the Iowa City Downtown District and supported by the city of Iowa City. In addition to the putt-putt course, the pilot includes dozens of activities and installations from July to October. More details on the placemaking pilot can be found at downtowniowacity.com in mid-April.

For more information, contact Betsy Potter at betsy@downtowniowacity.com or (319) 354-0863, extension 500.

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