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IL Island Returns To Nature After Bridge Closed

Tue, 03 Sep 2013 09:25:14 CDT
By: AP

A 35-acre island in the Mississippi River is quiet these days after Moline officials shut down most access to the property. Sylvan Island was a popular park and mountain biking site. While the park remains open, access is limited to boats after officials closed a 100-year-old bridge leading to the property was closed. It could take years to rebuild the bridge, 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 six feet tall in some areas and typically mowed grass along trails is two feet tall.

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