- Empire Park - No later than 8:30 am
- Ben Butterworth Pkwy - No later than 9:00 am
- Main St - No later than 12:00 pm
- Marquette St - No later than 12:00 pm
- Credit Island - No later than 1:00 pm
Tri-City Blacktop to Sunset Marina:
- Two school buses running from 9:30 am until 4:00 pm.
East Moline Metals Parking Lot to Ben Butterworth Parkway:
- Two school buses running from 7:00 am until 9:30 am.
Sunset Marina to Ben Butterworth Parking Lot, East Moline Metals Parking Lot, and Empire Park:
- Seven school buses running from 2:30 pm until 4:30 pm.
Credit Island to Marquette Street Parking and Main Street parking:
- One school bus running from 2:30 pm until 4:30 pm.
Sunset Marina to Tri-City Blacktop:
- Two school buses running from 2:30 pm until 4:00 pm.
for $5. You may also request to have them mailed to you for an additional cost. Call (563) 322-2969 for details.
With money raised through our events River Action has accomplished such things as: the lighting of the Centennial Bridge, the Quad City Water Taxi (Channel Cat), the QC RiverWay Design Principles, and the QC Waterfront Master Plan. Our RiverWay program, which started in 1996, encompasses wayfinding and the building of kiosks, gateways, historic markers, and mile markers, construction of ten community built art projects, assistance in the development of riverfront parks, restoration of wetlands, writing of the Nahant Marsh Master Plan, and the start of the education program at the marsh. Our Retain the Rain projects demonstrate and educate citizens about effective techniques for reducing storm water runoff. These installations include: green roofs, permeable parking surfaces, native plantings in all of the communities, rain barrels, rain gardens, and bio swales. The QC Watershed Plans for the Rock River and Duck Creek were written in 2008 and adopted by the cities and counties for implementation. With funds from IL EPA and IA Department of Agriculture, many of the improvements outlined in the plan have been completed by River Action. We are currently spearheading improvements to Green Valley park in Moline, IL, and the Hennepin Canal Park in Milan, IL, as well as an area Bike Share program.
The money we raise through River Action events: Explore the River Summer Education Series – Channel Cat Talks and Riverine Walks, Ride the River Father’s Day Bicycle Ride, FLOATZILLA Canoe & Kayak Floatilla, Senior Citizen Riverfront Golf Cart Tour, Taming of the Slough, and the Upper Mississippi River Conference, all help us to fund the many projects we oversee, run our day to day operations, and pay our staff of five.
The expenses for Floatzilla alone include: advertising, t-shirts for paddlers and volunteers, portable toilets, tent rentals, bus shuttles to all launch sites, insurance, printing, police and security, registration packets, wayfinding signage, registration bands, parking site prep, city fees for Sunset Park, table and chair rentals for vendors, seating for the public, and a tradeshow.
Floatzilla is much more than an attempt to break the world record, although that is something we would love to accomplish with your help. We hope you can see how your entry fee fits into our goal of educating the public about the Mississippi River.