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Ferris wheel on tap in Quad Cities?

Quad Cities River BanditsDavenport (Ia.) officials and the owners of the Quad Cities River Bandits (Low Class A; Midwest League) are looking to add a Ferris wheel and carousel to Modern Woodmen Park, which would change the downtown skyline.

We’re not talking about a London Eye kinda installation here, but something large enough to be seen from a distance. Many ballparks feature carousels; Ferris wheels are a little more unusual, and adding one to Modern Woodman Park would add some visual impact to the ballpark. From the Quad-City Times:

“A riverfront Ferris wheel would change the skyline of the region,” [owner Dave] Heller said. “I think it would fill a void in the community, and it’s something people could get really excited about.”

Plus, he said, it would add a whole new dimension to the increasingly popular use of the ballpark’s sky deck, which recently was enclosed.

“We host wedding receptions, and we have this incredible view of the ballpark and the river on one side, and the Davenport skyline out the other side,” he said. “Imagine if the wedding party could step outside and enjoy a Ferris wheel or a carousel. Where else in the world can you find that?”

It’s become somewhat of a tradition to annually add a new feature to Modern Woodman Park; a new Ferris wheel would certainly make an impact.


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