MOLINE (AP) – A 35-acre island in the Mississippi River is mostly quiet these days after Moline officials shut down most access to the property.
The Moline Dispatch reports Sylvan Island was a popular park and mountain biking site, but access is now limited to boats after officials closed a 100-year-old bridge leading to the property.
The park remains open, but with such limited access much of it is empty. Rebuilding the bridge could take several years. The project has a $1.2 million price tag, but so far no money’s been approved.
While access is limited, nature is flourishing on the site.
Milkweed plants are more than 6 feet tall in some areas.
and typically mowed grass along trails is 2 feet tall.
“Nature coming back – it is pretty – but it is sad there is no trail out here to ride anymore,” said Drew Hanson, who is a member of Friends of Off Road Cycling and has helped maintain the island’s 4.5-mile trail system.
Moline park officials say they’ll work to restore the island once the bridge is rebuilt or a new one is constructed.