Bettendorf officials broke ground Friday morning at The Landing, an $18 million aquatic facility and ice rink.

It’s located at the corner of 23rd Street and Middle Road.

The event kicked off the city’s day-long 120th Birthday Community Celebration and included remarks by Bettendorf Mayor Bob Gallagher, YMCA of the Iowa Mississippi Valley Board Chair Mo Hyder, Mike Bell from RDG Planning & Design and Dan Ward from General Constructors, Inc., which was chosen by Bettendorf City Council in early May 2023 to construct a large component of The Landing.

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The Landing was awarded a $790,000 Community Action and Tourism Grant from the Iowa Economic Development Authority, the City of Bettendorf and the YMCA of the Iowa Mississippi Valley announced Thursday.

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“We were able to receive this grant thanks to The Landing Community Campaign, which raised $14,712 from 97 donors between May 15 and June 1, 2023,” said Kim Kidwell, Bettendorf Culture & Recreation Director. “Thank you to everyone who supported this project and helped us secure this additional funding!”

The Landing will be built in two phases.

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“After presenting the results of The Landing Community Campaign at Enhance Iowa’s June 1 Board Meeting, we were granted $40,000 more than what was originally recommended,” said Decker Ploehn, Bettendorf City Administrator. “This puts us in a great position as we start building this multi-million dollar project.”