I would like to applaud the continued efforts, vision and professionalism of Sioux City's Parks and Recreation director, Matt Salvatore, on his consistent work for the future of our great city.

Soon, Siouxland families will flock to Cone Park and use a tubing hill and will be able to ice skate outdoors this holiday season. Combine those efforts with the vision of a greater Sioux City riverfront where families will soon be able to "rediscover the Missouri" with connected bike trails and other features which will go great in changing the aging image of our city. Those new amenities and a consistent vision for the future is what will draw young professionals to stay in Sioux City over moving elsewhere.

We as a city need to make sure we take the time to do the riverfront project right the first time. Although some of the amenities will be a great asset to our community, building a Ferris wheel along the riverfront would not be fiscally responsible or feasible for an area that it can only be used in six months out of the year, and that notion is heard throughout this city by listening to the residents who live here. One asset that would benefit both sides of the river would be a pedestrian bridge that connects Sioux City, Iowa, and South Sioux City, Nebraska, for generations to come.

The future of Sioux City is at stake, let's do it right the first time. - Jake Jungers, Sioux City

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