The Chamber Ambassador May 2019 City Mural Project Progressing! City officials, bike advocates, and chamber members met on April 24 to review proposed designs for three large bicycling murals to be painted onto the sides of buildings in the downtown. Biking artist Michael Valenti, who has been commissioned to create the designs, was in Sparta to share his ideas and to review proposed sites. The murals are part of an effort to to increase the visibility of Sparta’s claim to being the Bicycling Capital of America. Sparta Spring Clean Up Volunteers came together on Thursday and Friday, April 24 and 25, to clean up sections of the Elroy-Sparta Trail, the La Crosse River Trail, and the downtown. On Thursday, students from the SAILS Charter School, employees of SERVPRO, and community members picked up litter on the bike trail from the Interstate 90 biking bridge to the Hwy 27 overpass. On Friday, students from High Point Academy, downtown merchants, and community volunteers cleaned up around Sparta’s downtown, including Evans-Bosshard Park. Additionally, Bangor Middle School FFA members picked up trash along the La Crosse River trail.