- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Sioux City officials have continued discussions about future redevelopment of the riverfront.

About 25 people, mostly city officials, attended a second public input meeting Tuesday to discuss possible plans for the city’s riverfront, including a Ferris wheel, the Sioux City Journal (https://bit.ly/1VEAq20 ) reports.

Sioux City businessman Dave Bernstein said Wisconsin-based SmithGroupJJR created a large plan in about six weeks.

“I think the entire riverfront concept can be a great iconic thing for the city,” Bernstein said. “The concept even without the Ferris wheel is a great plan.”

The city’s parks and recreation director, Matt Salvatore, compared the cost of the potential Ferris wheel to the $1.8 million version of a Davenport attraction that generates about $675,000 per year in profit through ticket sales.

During a public meeting in March, the Ferris wheel became the top priority of amenities locals would like to see at the riverfront. Other popular options were a boardwalk, a connection to downtown, food options and a special event space.

The development group also proposed building a boardwalk as well as a pedestrian bridge over the Missouri River between Sioux City and South Sioux City. Additionally, the plan included 75 parking spaces, a bag toss, volleyball court, green space, yoga lawn, shade pavilion, monument garden, four restrooms and trails.

“We wanted to make this more a community space that pedestrians would take ownership over,” said Eric Schuchardt, an urban designer with SmithGroupJJR.

The firm will continue discussion with local leaders and a steering committee before creating a final plan.

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Information from: Sioux City Journal, https://www.siouxcityjournal.com

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