The City of Silvis in Illinois is a part of the Quad Cities area and is in Rock Island County. It is a small town with a little over 4 square miles in area. The population according to the 2010 census is just over 7200 people.
Even though Silvis is a town dwarfed by its other Quad City neighbors, it is well known for being the home of Hero Street, USA. Hero Street was formerly called Second Street and had homes of eight soldiers of Mexican American descent, who gave their lives in the Second World War. The street now houses about 25 homes and has sent over 100 people to the military after World War II. The Hero Street Memorial Monument was erected in 1989 by the Illinois State Historic Society and the City of Silvis.
Silvis residents are known for being very active in caring for each other. The Silvis Community Garden has rightly been in the news for being a community site that raised vegetables which were donated to food pantries. The idea came together in 2010 as an outreach mission of the United Methodist Church. The city helped by building a sidewalk, providing the water as well as mowing, but the actual maintenance is handled by the residents and club members themselves. There are several flowering plants, shade trees, gazebos and vegetables. City employees help till the land. There are picnic tables for gardeners to rest and take a break from the work. It has grown into a beautiful site, with hundreds of flowering plants. Several members donate their excess produce, which has amounted to well over 1500 pounds over the last two years.
Silvis is also home to the TPC Deere Run golf course, a site for the PGA to organize the John Deere Classic every July. This event was started in 2000 and is held just before the British Open. It has been in the news several times because of the sponsor’s exemptions given to the teenager Stephanie Wie in 2005. Jordan Spieth became the first teenager in 2013 to win the PGA tour since 1931. Since 2008, the John Deere Classic has sponsored a charter flight that takes its golfers from Quad Cities Airport to London, so that they don’t have to miss out on participating in the British Open.
The city of Silvis will also be organizing a 5K home run in August, expected to attract hundreds to the event. It is a great happening city, with lots to do for the residents and fun for the visitors.
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