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Crews place finishing touches on Modern Woodmen Park Ferris wheel

Crews are putting the finishing touches on the new Ferris wheel at Modern Woodmen Park.

A spokesperson for the River Bandits said on Saturday, May 10, 2014 workers were scheduled to install the Ferris wheel gondolas, and Monday would be the final weight testing of the ride.

“It’s one of those things where you can look at the ivy on the wall of Wrigley and you know instantly that’s Wrigley Field,” explained QC River Bandits owner, Dave Heller, “or you can look at the train above left field and you know right away that’s Houston. And here you’re going to look at the Ferris Wheel and you’re going to go right away ‘That’s Quad Cities’ and I think to be known nationally that way, that’s really neat.”

The Ferris wheel, which will be 110 feet above the park’s playing field, is just one ride in a lineup of attractions available at the park. The others include a new ride called the “Drop and Twist,” a 300-foot long zip line, a rock climbing wall, and more.

1 Comment

  • joycegodwingrubbs2

    Private enterprise, not the taxpayers, provide a true improvement in our city’s entertainment. As one who grew up in the era of wonderful parks/theme entertainment in the days when you could go ride a ferris wheel an lose yourself in the make believe of motion, I am thrilled to know it will now be available to a new generation. Thank you River Bandits for your foresight and willingness to invest in our community.

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