Tree Lighting Ceremony on Dec. 2 Thanks to Jerry Lange!

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When those of us who either live in or are from Muscatine think about the holiday season, our minds may start flooding with memories of attending the annual Holiday Stroll and going for car rides on cool winter nights to catch glimpses of beautiful light displays.

Of the many areas of the city to see light displays, for nearly 50 years, Jerry Lange’s home on Mulberry Ave. was the highlight. Until five years ago, Lange’s home would host a large display of lights and decorations for neighbors and passersby to enjoy each holiday season.

When he moved outside city limits five years ago, Lange still managed to use some of the decorations at his new home, but he missed the opportunity to provide the community with his yearly display.

To still provide holiday cheer for the city, Lange decided to purchase and donate an 18′ Christmas tree to be put on display at the Muscatine riverfront across from Mississippi Mist. The tree is animated with synchronized LED lights that go along with music. The lights go though color sequences with various patterns.

He also donated two candle wreaths that will be placed near the tree. Last year, Lange very generously donated banners and lighted garland that were placed at the Sycamore and Chestnut intersections of 2nd St.

Lange said his gesture of donating decorations was done out of appreciation for the many volunteers and community members who helped with his annual display on Mulberry. He enjoyed putting up holiday decorations each year and wanted to keep up the tradition of sharing that joy with the Muscatine community.

“It’s a way of sharing with the community my enjoyment, and I hope that it will become their enjoyment as well,” Lange said.

With hopes that the tree will become a riverfront focal point this holiday season, Lange said he’d like to see the display at Riverside Park grow each year, much like has been done in Keokuk.

The entire Muscatine community is invited to attend the ceremony for the first lighting of the Muscatine Community Christmas Tree on the night of the Holiday Stroll, Friday, Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. The tree will be located on top of the pump house building across from Mississippi Mist in Riverside Park. 

Thank you to those who are making the tree lighting possible: Muscatine Power & Water, Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce & Industry, City of Muscatine Public Works and Parks and Recreation Staff, and of course, Jerry Lange!

We hope you join us for this new addition to the evening of the Holiday Stroll!


Also on Friday night will be the Candy Cane Hunt at 6 p.m. at Pearl City Station. Please see this link for more information.

The annual Holiday Stroll will take place from 5-8:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2.

 

How Has Blue Zones Project® Changed Muscatine?

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Just over three years ago, residents of Muscatine gathered at Muscatine High School for a big kickoff celebration to mark the start of a community-wide initiative toward better health. Blue Zones Project® began to take our city by storm as we worked together toward well-being.

It has been amazing to see the transformation of our community. Since launching Blue Zones Project, we’ve seen a 17.5% increase in exercise levels, while stress levels have dropped by 13.6%!

In this post, we would like to give you a snapshot of some of the successes of the project and encourage you to read the full guide detailing the story of Muscatine Blue Zones Project and what it means for the future of our community.

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By the Numbers:

23,968 Lives impacted

40% People engaged

8,501 Individuals pledged to support well-being

23,595 Well-being actions taken by individuals

41% Believe Blue Zones Project has made a positive impact on the community

78 Organizations implementing well-being principles

1,149 Changes made by organizations to support living longer, better

36 Organizations completing the pledge

22 Muscatine worksites are Blue Zones Worksites®

45% Of Muscatine’s locally owned restaurants are Blue Zones Restaurants®

36% Of Muscatine’s public schools are Blue Zones Schools®

40% Of Muscatine’s grocery stores are Blue Zones Grocery Stores®

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We hope you check out the full story of Muscatine’s transformation: The Story of Muscatine

Thank you to everyone who has supported this initiative! The community-wide effort could not have been achieved without the support of our community leaders, local business and industry, Muscatine Blue Zones Project team, and of course, our incredible community volunteers!

What’s Next for the Muscatine Riverfront?

What do you think of when you think of Muscatine? For many citizens and visitors alike, the riverfront is at the forefront of their minds when thinking about our city. In fact, when we invite visitors to town, it seems like the riverfront is always on the list of places to show them. Even China’s President Xi Jin Ping speaks fondly of Muscatine and the Mississippi River!

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As we move into the future, how do you envision the riverfront? What ideas do you have for new features at Riverside Park? What would make the Muscatine Riverfront an even better place for recreation?

The City of Muscatine would love to have you share your ideas and input at the public engagement meeting for the Riverfront Master Plan!

Riverfront Master Plan Public Meeting

Wednesday, November 16 at 5:30 p.m.

Riverview Center – 110 Harbor Drive

This meeting will serve to kick off the planning process for the future of Riverside Park.

Ed Freer of Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc. will be in Muscatine to help guide our community through the process of strategic planning for the Riverfront Master Plan. The timing for this meeting is ideal as it will dovetail the Mississippi Drive Corridor Project plans. All are invited to come together once again to express your ideas and opinions about the future of one of our key attractions: the Muscatine Riverfront.

We invite you to attend the meeting to learn more about potential enhancements to the riverfront and share your ideas as we create a unified vision for the Muscatine Riverfront!