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Davenport Asks for Residents' Input on MLK Memorial

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People in Davenport will have one last chance Wednesday to give their input on a tribute that will be created for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The last of a series of public hearings will be held at the Eastern Avenue Library from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday to get input on a location for the memorial and what should be featured there.

In January, Mayor Bill Gluba announced the formation of a task force to create a recommendation for the project. Since then, the task force’s leader, St. Ambrose’s Director of Diversity Ryan Saddler, said the group has met several times.

At this time, the group is considering five possible locations. They include Upper Lindsay Park, Herrington Park, Cork Hill Park, Prairie Heights Park and a parking lot at 5th and Brady Streets that could be transformed into a park.

Saddler said some possible options for the memorial park or plaza include a pavilion, an amphitheater, a fountain, garden or statue.

Saddler said the project is not limited to any of those options, though. He said the group will consider all suggestions.

No official timeline is set for the project, but the task force aims to finalize a plan in May and present it to the mayor and Davenport city council members in June.

Saddler also said it would be great to break ground in 2015 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s visit to Davenport.



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