What to do with the land once Davenport’s riverboat is gone

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DAVENPORT, Iowa - Just a few days away from the grand opening of the new land base Rhythm City casino which means the older riverboat will soon move from the riverfront.

That will leave a valuable space of vacant land.

"I believe they ought to put a kids park up there, maybe a couple of water slides or you know an amusement park type of thing," said Davenport resident, Joe Neister.

The city council agreed to clean the area up once the boat is gone.

"Remove some of the concrete and make it green space. We`re going to fix up some of the other parking lots," said Alderman Bill Boom.

Alderman Boom says there's not a lot of money to spend and it might be good to wait to see what else might come down the river.

"As time and money and opportunity presents itself we`ll move forward on the riverfront," said Boom.

The council agreed not to allow the clean up to exceed $500,000. Rhythm City has 90 days after the opening of the new casino to move the boat.

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