When they met Tuesday, Leavenworth city commissioners approved a street and parking lot closure for a Biking Across Kansas event later this year.

When they met Tuesday, Leavenworth city commissioners approved a street and parking lot closure for a Biking Across Kansas event later this year.

The event will take place June 17. Leavenworth will serve as the final stop for cyclists making the trip across the state.

Commissioners approved the closing of Delaware Street between Esplanade and Third streets for the event. A portion of a parking lot on the northwest corner of Esplanade and Delaware streets also will be closed.

The street and parking lot will be closed from 8-10 a.m. June 17. It is anticipated most of the cyclists will arrive in Leavenworth during this period, according to City Clerk Carla Williamson.

Brendan Sheehan who owns Santa Fe Trails Bicycle Shop in Leavenworth, said the event will bring about 850 cyclists into the community as well as family members and support personnel.

He said most of the cyclists will be from Kansas, but a total of 23 states will be represented.

"We feel it's an outstanding opportunity," he said.

Sheehan said the cyclists will begin the day in Tonganoxie.

"It's about a 20-mile ride (to Leavenworth)," he said.

He said many of the cyclists will want to make their way to the Missouri River at the conclusion of the ride to dip the wheels of their bikes into the river.

Also Tuesday, commissioners approved a bid for the second phase of heating and air-conditioning upgrades for the Performing Arts Center, formerly the Hollywood Theater.

Parks and Recreation Director Steve Grant said the first phase focused on the cooling system for the theater. He said the second phase will focus on the heating system.

The phase II bid was awarded to BCI Mechanical, Gardner, in the amount of $176,408. This was the low bid for the project.

Grant said a third phase will focus on the building's air handling system.

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