Davenport is for now pressing pause on plans to build a giant Ferris wheel at Modern Woodmen Park. City staff are waiting to see what Mother Nature hands us in the coming weeks.
It's still unclear if the $1 million project will be up for River Bandits fans this baseball season. On Wednesday night, council members decided to push back a vote on part of the contract for it. Part of the would-be work site was underwater in the last week because of the swelling Mississippi River.
The city hopes to have a better idea in a couple of weeks if the ground will support the work this season. Many residents have asked about building 90-foot tall structure in a flood prone area in the first place and what sort of protection will there be in case of future floods affecting the riverfront there.
"The Ferris wheel itself will be fully flood protected. We're not going to put a Ferris wheel, a million dollar improvement to Modern Woodmen Park, into harm's way," said City Administrator Craig Malin. "It will be at the elevation at the walkway in left field. Way up where it's flood protected now that's where you'll get on. That will be the base."
Workers will have to add to the left field berm and drill 30 feet to put concrete down into the bedrock. Malin says the Ferris wheel will be just as protected as the rest of Modern Woodmen Park. Council tabled this until May 8th.