River Vision Phase 2

November  15, 2013

     Ten years after Davenport adopted its River Vision plan, the city is gearing up for phase two. Monday morning, a special committee will interview three consultants who would like to help update the plan.

     City administrator Craig Malin says phase one is responsible for some important projects, including the new River Heritage Park, adding to Centennial Park, and improving Modern Woodmen Park. He also thinks the plan is responsible for millions of dollars worth of private investment downtown, including apartments and condominiums. 

     "Imagine New York without Central Park, imagine Chicago without its waterfront. Cities make investments in their public land and private investment follows."

     So what's left to do ? Malin says one key component of the next phase of River Vision will be the riverfront, from Main Street to the dam, including the Dock Redevelopment Project and moving the Rhythm City casino to land.

     "We'll expand LeClaire Park eastward. It's not often that you get to expand one of your jewel riverfront parks, but we have the opportunity to do that."

     He is one of the members of the selection committee that'll hold the interviews Monday, along with representatives of River Action, the chamber of commerce, and Levee Improvement Commission. Also on the committee will be three Davenport high school students. Interviews are scheduled to begin at 8:15 am, at the River Music Experience.