What's Below

1. Access & Usage Concept Slides Presented April 27, 2021 by Larry McDonald 

2. Regulatory & Maintenance Research Slides Presented April 27, 2021 by Jeff Moore

3. Objectives & Contacts to Show Your Support

4. Video from April 27 Fair Shake Meeting Summarzing Alignment

5. Video Example of High Tech Waterfall in Osaka, Japan

6. Media Coverage

7. Myths vs Truths

8. Sign Up for Email Alerts!

Access & Usage Concepts by Larry McDonald


Regulatory & Maintenance Research by Jeff Moore

Vets Pier Status as of May 2021:

There's still time to give this concept a Fair Shake and see if the market will support a world class attraction. 

#1 Objective is to secure a variance on the Iowa DOT pending bid specifications for old I-74 bridge demo. 

#2 Objective is to secure consensus from Moline political leadership to secure Objective #1.

#3 Objective is to empower Moline citizens to directly engage their city representatives to secure Objective #2. 

Two-click your support if you're a Moliner, using these links:  

Mayor: Sangeetha Rayapati, 1st Ward Alderman: Scott Williams, 2nd Ward Alderman: Alvaro Macias, 3rd Ward Alderman: Mike Wendt, 4th Ward Alderman: Matt Timon, 5th Ward Alderman: Sam Moyer, 6th Ward Alderman: Pat O'Brien, 7th Ward Alderman: Mike Waldron, Alderman at Large: James Patrick Schmidt.

#4 Objective is to inspire all others to tell Moline, "Build it and we will come and spend money in downtown Moline!"

Call the numbers below to pledge your support, or invest 30 seconds per contact and one click each of the email contacts below.  

Renew Moline (309) 762-9190 Email them your support

Moline Foundation (309) 736-3800 Email them your support

Visit Quad Cities (309) 736-6820 Email them your support

Q2030 Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce (563) 823-2686 Email them your support

Video from April 27 Fair Shake Meeting: How This Big Idea Aligns With Quad Cities' Broad Growth Plans 

Big Waterfall Idea Video Example from Osaka, Japan


News Media Coverage 


Myths vs Truths About Repurposing a Portion of the Old I-74 Bridge

During the public input process for the new I-74 bridge, key facts regarding the old I-74 bridge were were withheld from the citizens. In some cases, deliberate misinformation was and is being spread. These are the facts as we know them.


Myth #1: This is case closed, the demolition contract has already been awarded, the bridge is being torn down now and it's too late. 
Reality: No, the bridge over the water will not be demolished until sometime in 2022 and a request for proposal has yet to be posted, much less a contract awarded. 


Myth #2: The DOT estimated it will cost millions to maintain the bridge.
Reality: Based on recent discussions with DOT officials, a realistic cost estimate of annual maintenance required for the pier-park usage of the proposed portion of the old bridge will be a very small fraction of the millions previously cited in various media outlets. 


Myth #3: The new bridge will have a bike and pedestrian path, that’s enough.
Reality: The bike and pedestrian path on the new bridge will re-establish a transportation link that has been missing for decades. It is most importantly just that, a means to get from one city to another. And, the observation spot on the new bridge is approximately 1/8th the size of the proposed Vets Pier Sky Park which commands views unhindered by busy, loud interstate traffic. 


Get the latest about the Vets Pier proposal.