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Design Work Begins for New Davenport Park

Local residents are invited to help Davenport design a new riverfront park. Tuesday it'll hold the first public input session for Main Street Landing.

Chad Dyson, Director of Parks and Recreation, says Main Street Landing will cover about 15 acres, between the railroad tracks and the river, and from the Skybridge east to the roller dam.

"The idea is that we want to create a uniquely Davenport visionary riverfront park to strengthen surrounding neighborhoods, provide additional play opportunities, and really serve as a destination to the riverfront."

This and other public input sessions will help the design team determine what amenities and play features people want in the new park.

Dyson says the city council has set aside six million dollars from Davenport's allocation from the American Resue Plan Act, or ARPA. And he thinks it will take about a year to design Main Street Landing.

Tuesday's open house type event will last from 3:30 to 7 pm, at the Skybridge, with many more opportunities for suggestions and comments in the future. Also the city will release a community survey on its website, asking what features should be included in the new park.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.
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