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Residents and tourists weigh in on Quincy riverfront plan

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QUINCY (WGEM) -- Progress is underway to make the Quincy Riverfront Master Plan a reality now that county and city leaders have given the plan their blessing.

Residents and tourists said they have some thoughts on what they'd like to see in the future improvements.

Quincy resident Mike Koch said he walks his dog down the Quincy riverfront every Sunday and is glad to see the project moving forward.

"We need to focus on development because it's an added attraction to Quincy, Illinois and any visitors that we may have," he said.

Koch said he wants to see anything that could bring more people to the city like an amphitheater for entertainment or docks for boaters in hopes they stop and eat at nearby restaurants.

Macomb resident and tourist Ute Chamberlin said she'd like to see improvement on roads that lead to the riverfront.

"There are some areas that look a bit blighted and the access roads are not exactly pretty," she said. "So if that could be spruced up to make it more enticing to come down into the river, I'd be all for it."

Riverfront Master Plan consultant team member Maggie Strong said the next step is to get Quincy Park District's approval of the plan.

She said after that, they'll look for funding opportunities.

"We know that this is a great tool to take to IDOT, to take to the federal government, to take to the state government and ask them to help participate in some of these projects as an economic development tool for our community," Strong said.

She said the goal is to attract and keep people in Quincy.

"We need to have these quality of life amenities like a re-done riverfront in order for those folks to want to come here and be here," Strong said.

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Charity Bell

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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