QUINCY -- Nearly 40 firms have pulled a request for proposals to design a riverfront promenade, boardwalk and visitor boat dock on the Quincy riverfront.
Though not everyone who pulls a packet will submit a proposal, Quincy Mayor Kyle Moore said lots of interest should give city, Adams County and Quincy Park District many options in moving forward.
"Once we get those proposals back, we'll whittle it down and see what makes the most sense and share it with our board members and our community and how we can make it happen if it's something we want to proceed with," Moore said.
Released earlier this month, the proposals calls for firms to prepare the design and cost estimates of a riverfront pier, boardwalk and visitor dock on a 400-foot area of riverfront between Clat Adams Bicentennial Park and the Quincy water treatment plant. The area already includes a boat landing.
Proposals from firms must be returned by Aug. 16.
The idea of a public boat dock along the riverfront is not a new idea. It has been proposed in previous years, and it was included in the Quincy Next Strategic Plan, which both the Park District and county participated in. The plan was adopted earlier this year.
Moore said information collected from the public during the strategic plan development, as well as the public branding initiative a couple years earlier, showed support for riverfront development.
"In both of those surveys, riverfront development was near the top of the list if not the top," he said. "From the get go, we've understood that the riverfront is one of our most under-utilized assets, which has the greatest potential for economic growth and to bring people to the city of Quincy."
Quincy Park Board President Bob Gough said Hannibal, Mo., and Keokuk and Burlington, Iowa, all have direct riverfront access to the city.
"We don't have direct access to our city from the river because of the situation with the (Quincy Bay) and the siltation," Gough said. "We need to figure out a way to fix that. We need to figure out a way to make our riverfront accessible, so we can take advantage of it so we can have people utilize the river to reach Quincy.
The proposal calls for whichever firm is selected to design a project to cost between $4 million and $6 million.
How the project would be paid or divided between the entities involved has not been decided, but Gough noted that the Park District's bonding cap is smaller than the city and county. A referendum also could be explored.
"I would like to see what we get in these plans and see what they look like and see what these firms are telling us it's going to cost, so we can go to our respective bodies and they can look at it and take the vote on whether this is worth while," he said.
Gough reiterated that even though a design is being sought, it doesn't mean, a dock will be built.
"We just want to get some ideas," he said. "We want to see some concepts. We want to see what some people can come in and take a look at our riverfront and visualize something there."SClBThe Park District along with other groups also continue seeking money for a major Quincy Bay restoration project.
The Quincy Park Board learned in April that the Quincy Bay Area Restoration and Enhancement Association was not a finalist for grant funding available for Upper Mississippi River restoration work as part of the Water Resources Development Act of 1986.
The proposed $20 million project would include dredging 118 acres of Quincy Bay, building dike and weir structures at the Bay Island access channel and create above-flood elevation islands on Bay Island and northeast of Triangle Lake for reforestation.
Another round of grant funding through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is should be available this fall.