America's River III: Bee Branch Creek Restoration

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Project Overview
The America's River III: Bee Branch Creek Restoration & Gateway project will create a linear parkway connecting Dubuque’s historic riverfront and urban core. This dramatic sweep of greenway will "daylight" a creek and will feature quality of life amenities including an amphitheater, scenic overlooks, hike and bike trails, decorative bridges, rain gardens and wetlands, and other recreational space to welcome visitors from around the United States and the world.

For information on the entire Bee Branch Creek Restoration Project, click here.

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Partnerships and Public Support

A public support campaign for the “America’s River III: Bee Branch Creek Restoration and Gateway” project was announced on Dec. 7, 2010 by the City of Dubuque and the America’s River Corporation.

The campaign will support the amenities portion of the City of Dubuque’s project to protect more than 1,150 residential and non-residential properties on the city’s North End from storm water flooding during major rain events. The multi-phased $47 million Bee Branch project began this past summer after years of planning and study and will restore the historic Bee Branch Creek, which was buried in a storm sewer more than century ago. The creek will be “daylighted,” protecting at-risk properties, improving public safety, and greatly increasing the capacity of the storm water management system. It will also create a mile-long linear park stretching from the Mississippi riverfront at Chaplain Schmitt Memorial Island to Comiskey Park at 24th Street in the heart of Dubuque’s historic North End neighborhood.

America’s River III will give the general public and the private sector an opportunity to support the amenities portion of the project which is designed to make the project area a community attraction through the incorporation of amenities including hike/bike trails, bridges, gazebos, overlooks, an amphitheater, benches, lighting, and 1,000 new trees. These amenities are expected to attract residents and visitors and will connect the attractions of Chaplain Schmitt Memorial Island with Dubuque’s North End and the Dubuque portion of Heritage Trail, which stretches to the west edge of Dubuque County and the Field of Dreams. To view amenity maps, click here.

Honorary co-chairs for the America’s River III campaign are Norma Denlinger and Gary Dolphin. The Dubuque Racing Association (DRA) has committed $50,000 to the project and an additional $65,000 has been committed by Dubuque County ($20,000), Dubuque Bank & Trust ($10,000), Dupaco Community Credit Union ($10,000), U.S. Bank ($10,000), Premier Bank ($10,000), and American Trust ($5,000).

The campaign offers six naming opportunities, three of which have been finalized: the Bee Branch Creek Keystone Overlook ($50,000, Dubuque Racing Association), the Eagle’s Watch Audubon Overlook ($10,000, U.S. Bank), the Sycamore Gazebo Overlook ($10,000, Dupaco Community Credit Union), the Creekside Amphitheater ($10,000), Water’s Edge Trail ($10,000), and the Mississippi River Trail Connection ($10,000). Memorial benches ($2,000 each), trees ($500 each), and brick pavers ($100 each) are also available. For information on becoming a donor, click here.

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The America’s River Corporation includes the City of Dubuque, the Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Dubuque County Historical Society, Dubuque Initiatives, Dubuque Main Street, and the Dubuque Racing Association.