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Posted on: July 11, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Update Rock Island - July 10, 2023

Update Rock Island is a segment at city council meetings given by Mayor Mike Thoms focusing on news in Rock Island. The video segment from the meeting is available on YouTube.

The City wants your feedback on downtown reconstruction plans

Members of the public are invited to provide feedback through an online survey on more than $7 million in proposed improvements to downtown Rock Island in the historic district between 1st and 4th Avenues and 15th and 21st Streets. Plans include reconstruction of the 2nd Avenue pedestrian mall; the addition of a gateway between the downtown business district and Schwiebert Riverfront Park; construction of a dog park; parklets for outdoor dining; as well as public art installations, pop-up vendor stalls, landscaping, decorative lighting and more. 

To take the survey, go to Responses will be accepted until midnight on Wednesday, July 12. 

Tell on your neighbors!

Each year, residents of Rock Island are encouraged to tell on their neighbor by nominating the yards in their neighborhood they find to be the most appealing or the most improved. The City of Rock Island’s Beautification Commission will review all entries. Nominations can be made through August 14th. Send a digital photo and address of the nominated property to the Community & Economic Development Department at For questions call 309-732-2905.

Come watch a free waterski show!

The Backwater Gamblers perform free waterski shows every Sunday and Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Ben Williamson Park, 5000 44th Street in Rock Island. This nationally recognized team performs stunts, jumps, flips and amazing pyramids, complete with costumes, music and comedy skits.


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