About 20 minutes ago (go blogs) I attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Bechtel-Lincoln Public Park at 2nd and Iowa Streets. Here are the images.The plans for the park. I believe the blue-ish areas inside the circle are fountains or reflecting pools. (click for a closer, but still crooked, view)
D1 Diplomats, Alderwoman Howard, and others prepare for the actual groundbreaking.
Mr. Bittner, a trustee of Bechtel Trusts, speaks about the park's location and features. The mural seen on the pawn shop wall behind him was created by Felicia Feldman, a QC Metro Arts Apprentice.
I would say a total of about 45 people attended the ceremony, but anyone who arrived 15 minutes late missed it entirely. I can appreciate brief speeches, especially when its 80º out and I foolishly wore a black shirt. This park should be a great thing for downtown Davenport. There are so few places downtown between River Drive and 4th Street where you can find grassy areas. (Across from Majors outside the RiverCenter, and next to the ground transportation center are the main two) Having a park with fountains and benches nearby will be another selling point for downtown residents in the continuing lofts projects also.