As an action coming out of the City’s Invasive Plant Task Force, the task force’s chair, Council Member Kelly Krell, has drafted an RFP for a comprehensive vegetation study.
Join Council Member, Kelly Krell, as she and a host of Riverdale volunteers work Saturday morning (October 19) to eliminate patches of invasive honeysuckle from Riverdale’s parks and wild places.
Meet at Riverdale City Hall at 10am on Saturday, October 19 to form teams and pick up gear.
More information on this event will be added to this post as it becomes available.
At the September 10th meeting of the City Council, Mayor Mike Bawden informed the community that QC United’s anti-bullying mascot, Pete the Purple Bull, will be hosting a 5k run through Riverdale on Saturday, October 12. The event starts at 9am with youth relays scheduled to take place at 10am.
More event information will be added to this post as it becomes available.
(Update 09/10/19) – At its September 10th meeting, the Riverdale City Council asked MSA Professional Services to survey the land where the MRT runs adjacent to the Havens Acres neighborhood so a barrier fence project can be discussed with residents. The resolution (#2019-28) authorizes MSA to conduct a survey of the area, document the boundaries of the land parcels involved, identify the owners and participate in two community meetings to discuss the costs and other considerations around building a barrier fence between the MRT and homes along the path.
The consideration of constructing some kind of barrier between the MRT and the residents who live along it is just part of a larger initiative undertaken by the City to address the chronic problems identified by citizens who live along Kensington Street and Wisteria Drive in the Havens Acres neighborhoods. For years, residents have been complaining about vehicular traffic on the bike path and both cars and bikes cutting through yards to get from the MRT onto the neighborhood’s streets.
Other aspects of the initiative include additional signage, security cameras, working with the City of Bettendorf to create a diversion for Duck Creek Bike Path traffic and including a bike lane in the road resurfacing/rehabilitation project currently in process for Kensington Street. Those projects will be handled individually over time in an attempt to adequately manage the bike and foot traffic in the neighborhood resulting from its proximity to both the Duck Creek and Mississippi River Bike Trails.
Scope of Work:
MSA Professional Services will provide property corner locations along the shared boundary line between private land owners and the Mississippi River Trail (north side of the trail only) in a manner selected by the City of Riverdale. Where there is an obstacle to placing a property corner pin, MSA will provide tie points.
MSA will present that information to the City Council so the City can organize residential/committee input to solicit opinions on fence type, final location and amenities. MSA will participate in up to 2 meetings to provide information and counsel.
Once the City has determined the final project location and fence type, MSA will prepare documents and advertising to solicit competitive bids.
The complete proposal can be found here.
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Make sure you plan on attending this year’s Riverdale Fall Fest at Bicentennial Park on Saturday, October 5 (2-4pm).
Come and enjoy:
- Food from the Hy-Vee Grill (burgers, dogs, chips and drinks)
- Ice treats from Kona Ice
- A bounce house obstacle course
- Pumpkin decorating
- Magic by RJ Regul
- Live music from QC Vinyl
All of this is free to residents of Riverdale and their families.
Look for a reminder flyer in your mailbox later this month and be sure to put it on your calendar. It’s going to be a great time spent with friends and neighbors (and just one more reason why Riverdale is such a great place to live)!
Don’t forget, for future updates on plans, activities and events, you can check back here (on the City’s website) or on the Riverdale Residents Facebook Page.
At a recent Town Hall meeting, it was suggested that the City form a volunteer advisory committee to help shape the future of parks and recreational facilities in Riverdale. There are a variety of issues currently on the table involving parks and Council Member Kelly Krell is hard at work trying to help manage progress on each one – but she could use a hand.
Those issues include:
- Identifying and replacing old playground equipment in Bicentennial Park
- New landscaping for Volunteer Square
- Evaluating the foliage and landscaping in all of the city’s parks
- Discussing opportunities to better utilize the MRT which runs the length of the city
- Addressing concerns of Havens Acres residents with regard to the MRT and reducing bike traffic through the neighborhood
- Development of a comprehensive parks plan for the City of Riverdale
- Dealing with invasive species threatening the city’s parks and wild places
If you’re interested in helping with the City’s parks, please click on the button below and send us a message.