Construction of a new Ferris wheel at Modern Woodmen Park, home of the Quad Cities River Bandits (Low Class A; Midwest League), is finally underway after being delayed this spring and summer.
Flooding and unseasonably heavy rains this spring and summer forced a delay of construction of a Ferris wheel past the left-field concourse at the downtown Davenport ballpark. The construction begins with compacted base of soil followed by pilings and then topped with a concrete base. Once installed, the sheet should be impervious to future flooding and rain.
Dave Heller, president of Main Street Baseball, owner of the Quad Cities River Bandits, finds the start of construction bittersweet.
“We’re very glad that the river has finally receded to the point where we can begin,” he said. “We were anticipating that it would be in for this season and based on what the engineers were telling us and what we were telling our fans was that we anticipated the Ferris wheel being in this year.
“There is nothing I hate more than disappointing our fans for any reason. Hopefully, when the wheel is up and turning in April 2014, everyone will say it was worth waiting for.”
The Ferris wheel, which will open in 2014, will be the crowning achievement to the installation of amusement rides to the ballpark. Already in place: a zipline, rock wall and a Frog Hopper.
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