Yesterday was the grand opening of the active recreation section of Centennial Park. I was able to make it down for the speeches and ribbon cutting, and got a few pictures.
Here is the snack bar, bathroom, and utility room pavilion, with picnic tables and the kiddie basketball court in the foreground.
Here we have Governor Culver speaking, and then being presented with a rocking chair inscribed with "Davenport: Iowa's Front Porch." He said he'd put it on the porch at Terrace Hill, but then he left it behind. I suppose he didn't bring the Gubernatorial pickup truck. I'm sure someone will manage to get it to Des Moines.
The actual event, with the usual folks and the usual scissors. It rained on and off during the speeches, but people didn't mind. Even with the sprinkles it was a very nice day to be outside.
However, after the speeches were over, the sun came out and a perfect rainbow formed, centered right over downtown and Centennial Park. Seems like a good omen if there ever was one.