Work to Begin on Phase One of Manchester Riverfront Project

You’ll start seeing a lot of work this summer on the riverfront project in Manchester.

Phase One will consist of developing the former Smitty’s property along West Main Street between Burger King and Bob Stephen Motors next to the Whitewater Park. City Manager Tim Vick says the space will become somewhat a welcome center for the community.


Earlier this week, the Manchester City Council awarded the project to F.L. Krapfl, Inc. of Dyersville, who was the low bidder at just under 827-thousand dollars. It was still about 45-thousand dollars OVER the engineer’s estimate, but it was lower than the first round of bids that came in earlier this year.

Vick says they made a few compromises to their original plans to get a lower price – mainly the dates on when the project will get done.


The City Council feels investing money into the riverfront is worth it in the long run. Since the Manchester Whitewater Park opened three years ago, it’s been a huge draw for visitors and local residents for a variety of reasons.


The City is also still hoping to add a water feature for kids to play in along the Whitewater Park – they’re working on options for that right now with the DNR.



(photos by Janelle Tucker, KMCH; concept map courtesy of City of Manchester)