Play me! Street piano now in Triangle Park

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Max Koeller was one of several community members who played the street piano in Triangle Park Saturday, when it was officially unveiled. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

With the words “play me” written above its keys, the street piano installed in McGregor’s Triangle Park last week invites passing musicians to share their talents with the community.

The piano was officially unveiled Saturday, following the Labor Day parade. Several community members took a turn at the keys, much to the delight of those gathered in and around the park.

The piano, which was the idea of and donated by resident Sallee Scarff-Muehlbauer, sits at the front of Triangle Park, along the sidewalk. 

“I think people will think it’s cool to walk through the park and play,” Scarff-Muehlbauer said of the piano in May, when the idea was unanimously approved by the city council. The park board has also given its blessing.

A growing fad, street pianos can be seen in cities around the world.

In order to prevent vandalism, the piano is secured to the cement, so it cannot be moved. It will remain uncovered during the day and into the early evening, allowing people to play, but will be covered and secured at night and during inclement weather, in order to protect it.

The piano will remain in Triangle Park in October, then will return to Scarff-Muehlbauer’s home in the off-season.

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