Davenport interviews designers for Veterans Memorial Park
By: Kylen Mills
Veteran's Memorial Park in Davenport is ready for an update, and you could help interview possible designers.
14 design firms showed interest, and now they've narrowed it down to five.
Today the city of Davenport will interview the five finalists, and there will be a public Q and A session after each presentation.
The park was created to pay tribute to local war heroes.
The first phase of construction, completed in 2011, included a courtyard with 3 flag poles, a seating area and two walkways.
The city is now preparing to start Phase II, which will build a huge veterans monument on top of a 30 foot tall mound.
Project manager Zach Peterson of Davenport Public Works says they're looking for a design firm that's willing to think outside the box.
"We're also looking for this not to be the norm. We're looking to push some boundaries as far as what you think of in a Veteran's monument," said Peterson.
City leaders say an amphitheater and other features will come later on, and that the project could take decades. Peterson tells us though that when it's done, the park could put Davenport on the map.
"Which could be morphed into a world class venue. So you think of some of the most prominent outdoor venues like Red Rocks comes to mind, and the Quad Cities might have their own example of that," said Peterson.
The interviews will take place today at Modern Woodman Park from 8:30AM to 4:30PM and anyone is welcome to attend. City leaders say they hope to choose one firm to move forward with by the end of the day.
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