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Lincoln Park master plan paused as larger riverfront discussions continue

A look at Lincoln Park on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. An updated master plan for Lincoln Park along Quincy's riverfront is being shelved for now.
H-W Photo/Jake Shane
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Aug. 13, 2020 12:01 am

QUINCY — An updated master plan for Lincoln Park along Quincy's riverfront is being shelved for now.

The Quincy Park Board rejected the plan on Wednesday, but commissioners said they plan to revisit it in the future.

The board said it wished to see a complete riverfront master plan. A Riverfront Master Plan Steering Committee with representatives from the city of Quincy, Adams County and the Park District is developing a plan for the city generally from Kentucky Street to Bob Bangert Park and from Third Street to the Mississippi River.

"It's not meaning there is anything wrong with it; let's just see how things progress down the road," Commissioner Jeff Steinkamp said. "We can pull it back up and use it."

Estimated to cost more than $2 million, the plan included an amphitheater with a bandstand, a trail featuring interpretive signs commemorating the Lincoln-Douglas debates throughout Illinois, a small shelter, an exercise station and additional parking.

Commissioner Nathan Koetters mentioned an amphitheater on the riverfront between York and Broadway has been mentioned in planning.

"Then somebody sees the Park District is going to put an amphitheater at Lincoln Park," Koetters said. "Well, that doesn't make much sense."

After several deviations, the Park Board voted last September to abandon the original master plan for the 10 acres along Bonansinga Drive the district bought in 2012 for its administrative offices and have district staff develop a new one.

Since the previous plan was adopted in July 2014, an inclusive playground, shelter house with restrooms and a skate park have been added in Lincoln Park.

The Park District held two public hearings — one in January and another in July — and received no opposition to the proposed plan.

Plans don't call for additional work at Lincoln Park until 2022 at the earliest, and that's only if funding is available. Work would be done in phases.

Also Wednesday, the Park Board agreed to accept the donation of a boardwalk from the Bill Klingner Trail that will lead to a viewing platform next to Belle Spring.

Friends of the Trails approached the Park District to build the Belle Spring Boardwalk just off the 18th to 24th street section of the trail. The organization is covering the cost of materials and construction for the $59,500 project.

Commissioners also agreed to use $15,650 in uncommitted excess bond funds for the design and demolition of the Johnson Park shelter. The shelter is set for replacement next year.

The Park Board also approved a resolution setting the language for a Nov. 3 referendum asking voters if the district should sell Lenane Park on the city's far northwest side.

Last month, commissioners voted 7-0 to approve a resolution to find the park no longer needed or useful and to authorize the sale of the 7.5 acres.

The district has an irrevocable pledge of $65,000 from Jeff McClean, who owns property nearby. If approved by voters, the pledge would be the minimum bid for the land at a public auction.