DAVENPORT, IOWA (February 13, 2019) — The Downtown Davenport Partnership (DDP) and Figge Art Museum, in cooperation with the City of Davenport, are hosting a joint public meeting to present a proposal that integrates public art concepts in to the design and development of the RiverVision plan and ongoing riverfront improvements. Produced in conjunction with RDG Dahlquist Art Studio, a division of RDG Planning & Design of Des Moines, the plan focuses on the riverfront portion known as Main Street Landing from Harrison to Pershing Streets.
The joint public meeting will be held in the Figge Art Museum’s Quad City Bank & Trust Grand Lobby on Friday, February 15 at 3:00PM. Admission is free and the public is encouraged to attend and provide feedback.
The meeting is hosted by Mayor and City Council, DDP Board, and Figge Art Museum Board, and includes additional stakeholders: Davenport Riverfront Improvement Commission, Parks & Recreation Advisory Board, Historic Preservation Commission, Design Review Board, and the Q2030 Riverfront Work Group.
All parties will see the proposal simultaneously with the public. This coalition of civic and private organizations has never met all at once, which is itself a historic and exciting moment.
The goal of the project is to integrate an artistic vision into the ongoing design and development of the RiverVision plan, ensuring greater opportunities for the public to engage and enjoy the Mississippi riverfront and downtown. Further, the proposal seeks to develop an overall story for the riverfront that will establish it as an iconic destination and bolster its connection with downtown Davenport and the entire Quad Cities.
This update to RiverVision capstones a thorough process, which includes much public participation and excitement. It has great potential to create new private and public investment for years to come. The hard work of building public support, fundraising models, and execution of the big idea remain, but it all starts with a shared vision.
RDG Dahlquist Art Studio is the recipient of numerous national awards for public art and has completed well-known projects across Iowa and throughout the United States, including the celebrated High Trestle Trail Bridge over the Des Moines River.