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Downtown Davenport is nestled along a gorgeous and unique portion of the Mississippi River where the water flows East to West.  With this American landmark as our front porch, the Mighty Mississippi provides the perfect backdrop for our riverfront parks and a variety of outdoor activities.  As the award-winning RiverVision Plan continues to unfold, you can expect to see even more exciting development along our shared riverfront.


Parks

LeClaire Park

With unobstructed views of the Mississippi,  nearly 9 acres of green space and a historic band shell stage, LeClaire Park is an ideal place to enjoy the Mississippi.  LeClaire Park is home to major summer festivals including River Roots Live, Blues Fest, Riverfront Pops, WQPT Brew Ha Ha, and more.  It’s also a great place for a picnic or to throw a frisbee around, too.
Address: 400 West Biederbecke Drive


Centennial Park

Skateboarding Park, Spray Grounds, Veterans Memorial Park & More

Gazebos and a beautiful view of the Mississippi River barely scratches the surface of what you’ll find at Centennial Park.  It’s also home to the Skate Park,  the Spray Ground, basketball courts, a boat ramp, a playground, a dog-off lease area, and even a rugby/cricket field.  The newly-minted Veterans Memorial Park is adjacent to Centennial Park, too.   There’s a concession stand with restrooms, as well.

Skateboarders, BMX bikers, and rollerbladers won’t find a bigger or better Skate Park in the Quad Cities!  The Skate Park is huge, challenging, and always packed with people.   Looking for a place to cool off the kids in the summer?  The Spray Ground at Centennial Park is FREE, and your kids will love playing in its variety of fun and wacky water features!

Address: 315 S. Marquette Street


Attractions

Skybridge

Stretching from 2nd Street to the riverfront, the Skybridge offers unparalleled views of the Mississippi River.  Visitors and residents alike can enjoy this unique vantage point in the evening because the Skybridge contains fun kaleidoscope lighting featuring a whopping 228 LED fixtures and 8,036 individual lights that flash in a variety of cool patterns.

Of course, the Skybridge also functions as a safe and convenient way to cross the busy highway traffic on River Drive.  The Skybridge can be entered via the River Music Experience courtyard off 2nd Street, the Redstone Parking Ramp, or at its Southern foot near Rhythm City Casino.


Modern Woodmen Park

In December of 2007, the ballpark was renamed Modern Woodmen Park.  The new ownership group began making waves soon after with a series of new additions to the ballpark, including the Jumer’s Casino Rock Island Hot Tub Deck, the Tiki Village and the corn field during the 2008 season. In 2009 an 80-foot LED digital ribbon board was affixed to the right field wall, and the ballpark also received new Loge Box picnic areas down the third base line, seat backs for the bleachers, drink rails on the outfield berm, and a Van Down by the River.  Ballpark Digest had this to say about the ballpark: “The integration of the old with the new makes Modern Woodmen Park one of the nicest ballparks in the minors.”


Activities

Bike Rentals & Walking Trails

Enjoy the fresh air and beautiful views offered by the bike and walking trails that line the length of our Mississippi riverfront.  The good people at RiverAction have put together a handy QC Bike Trail Map that will serve as a great guide.  Don’t have a bike?  No problem!  You can rent a bike at the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau office conveniently located within Union Station near LeClaire Park.


Channel Cat Water Taxi

Explore the majestic Mississippi river aboard the Channel Cat Water Taxi!   Experience the power and mystique of the river as it flows east to west and get a taste of the area once known as the Rock River Rapids.  Although we don’t have a boarding location downtown yet, you can hitch a ride on the Channel Cat just a few miles away in the Village of East Davenport.

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  • August
    10th

    Bumper cars unveiled at Modern Woodmen Park

    Quad City Times – Three boys took some bumper cars out for their first spin on a sunny Friday morning at Davenport’s Modern Woodmen Park.  “Look at those faces,” Quad-Cities River Bandits owner Dave Heller said at the cars’ unveiling. “That’s what this is all about.”

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    *photo provided by the Quad City Times

     

     

  • August
    10th

    High-end condos proposed for downtown

    Quad City Times – An empty lot at 400 W. River Drive in Davenport is being marketed as the future location of a luxury condominium building that, if all works out, could be ready in the fall of 2017.

    Read more here…

    *photo provided by the Ruhl & Ruhl Realtors

     

  • August
    10th

    Road Project to close Harrison

    Davenport Today – Harrison Street will be completely shut down this month pending Iowa Department of Transportation approval as the first part of a two-year partnership between the City and state to resurface Harrison and Brady streets.

    Read more here…

    *photo provided by Davenport Today

  • July
    29th

    Runners, riders invade Davenport

    Davenport Today– Whether you were a baby in a cape at Junior Bix, an elite athlete that led the seven-mile race ,or were part of the Palmer College of Chiropractic spine that trailed the body of runners up Brady Street, you made the July event one of Davenport’s most popular.

    Read more here…

    *photo provided by Davenport Today

     

  • July
    29th

    Adler ownership goes back to city

    Quad City Times–  Ownership of the Adler Theatre is reverting to the city of Davenport after documents signed Thursday by members of the nonprofit organization that saw the historic venue through its remodeling.

     

    Read more here…

  • July
    9th

    “Submarine” Commander: “Yellow Submarine” Animator Ron Campbell, July 17 and 18 at Bucktown Center for the Arts

    River Cities Reader– “When I was a child in Australia,” says 75-year-old Ron Campbell, “the way you saw cartoons was you went to the movies on Saturday afternoons, which was the way the movie industry catered to the children’s audience. We went to see Hopalong Cassidy and Roy Rogers and Gene Autry, but before all that bang-bang cowboy stuff, there were cartoons. And I remember thinking, when I was like seven years old, that Tom and Jerry were real, and were somehow behind the screen running around.

    Read more here…

     

    photo courtesy of Ron Campbell’s Cartoon Pop Art Facebook page*

     

  • July
    8th

    New dress shop wants to help, too

    Quad-City Times– Sisters Angela Shriver and Amanda Kosarek wanted to open a formal dress shop in downtown Davenport. They did. But that is only half the story of why they established Blush Dress Shoppe, 320 Main St. Davenport.

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  • July
    1st

    Freight House gets colorful makeover

    Quad-City Times– Chloe Thompson is painting a yellow landscape mural before her first year at the Kansas City Art Institute this fall, intending to become an artist.

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    Photo provided by Quad City Times*

     

  • June
    26th

    Mural at 5th & Ripley celebrated

    Davenport Today– The latest piece of public art in the downtown will be celebrated Friday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a vibrant mural at 5th and Ripley streets.

    *photo provided by Davenport Today
  • June
    24th

    Architect hears ideas for Figge plaza

    Quad City Times – The Bechtel Plaza in front of Davenport’s Figge Art Museum is 20,000 square feet of unused potential, a Chicago landscape architect said Tuesday.

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  • June
    24th

    Bob Lee honored with Governor’s Volunteer Award

    Quad City Times – Robert Lee, a leader with the Hilltop Campus Village and the Downtown Davenport Partnership, has been recognized for his community commitment with a 2015 Governor’s Volunteer Award from Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad.

    Read more here…

    *photo courtesy of the Quad City Times

  • June
    24th

    Modern Woodmen Park wins “Best of the Parks”; free tickets available Wednesday

    Quad Cities River Bandits – Modern Woodmen Park has been voted the “Best of the Ballparks” in Class-A baseball by fans and readers of Ballpark Digest, which held a bracketed online voting competition of all 30 Class-A venues across the country over the past two weeks. To celebrate the award, the River Bandits are offering free general admission tickets at the Modern Woodmen Park box office on Wednesday, June 24, for their home game Monday, June 29.

    Read more here…

    *photo courtesy of Quad Cities River Bandits

  • June
    23rd

    River Roots Live Lineup to include Musgraves, Staples, Yonder

    Quad City Times – A country singer-songwriter who’s already won two Grammys and two Country Music Association Awards.

    A progressive bluegrass group that’s big in jam band circles, and a legendary R&B-soul-gospel singer.

    Those are among the headliners for the 11th annual River Roots Live music festival, Friday-Saturday, Aug. 28-29, at LeClaire Park, downtown Davenport.

    Officials from the Downtown Davenport Partnership will announce the lineup today, that includes singer Kacey Musgraves, Yonder Mountain String Band and Mavis Staples.

    Read more here…

  • June
    11th

    West students design, build bike racks for Davenport

    Quad-City Times- When downtown Davenport merchants started asking how to get bike racks in front of their businesses, Ryan Jantzi started looking online for prices.

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  • June
    4th

    Downtown Davenport partnership looks to west side for re-development

    Quad City Times– With investments and developments dotting downtown Davenport’s central core and east side, downtown advocates now are looking west as they begin considering the possibilities for reinventing the city’s western gateway.

     

    Read more here…

    *photo courtesy of Quad City Times

  • June
    4th

    Partnership touts another successful year for downtown

    Quad City Times– New loft housing projects have dominated the downtown Davenport scene in the past year, but there is “plenty of good news” all around, said Kyle Carter, the Downtown Davenport Partnership’s executive director.

     

    Read more here…

  • June
    1st

    YMCA opens new Early Learning Center in downtown Davenport

    Quad-City Times– Children giggled as bright sun streamed into the classrooms where the little ones will crawl, toddle and run beginning Monday. The YMCA Early Learning Center, 624 E. 4th St., Davenport, opens at 6 a.m. Monday. The new facility replaces the former location at the Davenport Family YMCA.

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  • June
    1st

    New business banks on idea of arcade games and brews

    Quad-City Times– Davenport businessmen Dan Bush and Kyle Carter believe they have hit on a winning combination — a new destination that combines the childhood fun of an arcade with a bar atmosphere.

     

    Read more here…

    Photo courtesy of Quad-City Times*

  • May
    21st

    RDA awards nearly $900,000 in grants

    Quad-City Times– The Riverboat Development Authority awarded 49 grants totaling $883,000 Wednesday to area not-for-profit organizations.

     

    Read more here…

  • May
    19th

    How An Indie Idea Is Sparking A Renaissance In A Midwestern Town

    Medium.com- There’s no sign. Just an anonymous doorway on a glum street in downtown Rock Island, Illinois, wedged between Huckleberry’s Italian Restaurant and the boxy home of the local CBS affiliate.

    Read more here…