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Riverfront Ferris Wheel Back In Davenport Dialog


It's was the talk of the town for months, but Davenport's ferris wheel was pushed back by floods.

Now city leaders are tackling the topic once again.

The plan calls for a 90-foot tall ferris wheel with twenty gondolas, designed to give riders a view of the river and Modern Woodman Park.

The ferris wheel, along with a zip line that's already been installed and a carousel were expected to cost more than a million dollars.

All expected to be paid for with ball park improvement funds.

But some aldermen, including Mike Matson, are concerned about the cost.

"This is like a want versus need. And it's a nice thing to have and quite frankly it would be nice, but if we're doing an agreement that's 300,000 over the next five years, if I do my math here, it's 240,000 above the 300,000. I have a huge concern with that."

Alderman Ray Ambrose supports the project.

"I share your concerns, but in the big picture, this is gonna have a tremendous economic impact to the downtown  area and I think in the long run, we're gonna be, it's gonna be a great benefit."

City leaders will be talking about the cost and the contract for site work at a meeting scheduled for Wednesday, June 26, 2013.

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