Public television station WQPT and The Moline Foundation are partnering to host a series of public visioning sessions to gather ideas for improving Moline’s riverfront.
“We want to hear from everyone in our community on the ways they think we can best use our riverfront as well as the Floreciente neighborhood, the Edgewater neighborhood and Moline Centre in downtown Moline,” said Joy Boruff, the foundation’s executive director.
The project, known as River Vision 2020, invites all Quad-City residents, community leaders and potential users of Moline’s riverfront or the Mississippi River itself to attend a session. The first of three sessions will be from 5:30-7 p.m. today at the new Western Illinois University-Quad-Cities Campus on Moline’s riverfront. Light refreshments will be served.
Boruff said the foundation secured a national grant from an anonymous, private foundation to conduct the communications project.
“We’re calling it River Vision 2020 because when you go to the eye doctor, 20/20 vision is perfect, and we are hoping for as perfect a vision as possible for the riverfront,” she said.
The foundation and WQPT are partnering with the city of Moline, Renew Moline and WIU on the project. The findings will be included in new master plans the city is planning to update for Moline Centre, Floreciente and Edgewater.
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“This isn’t just a dream thing, this will be part of a plan,” Boruff said.
The next community forums will be Feb. 28 and March 14, from 5:30-7 p.m., also at WIU.
As part of the River Vision program, Boruff said students from WIU and The Network, the community’s young professionals’ organization, are busy creating videos of their ideas for the riverfront. The videos will be shown on the foundation and WQPT’s Facebook pages and YouTube. Community voting will be online from Feb. 25 until midnight March 25.
The public will be able to vote by visiting wqpt.org/rivervision2020. The winning video creator will receive a $500 educational stipend from The Moline Foundation.