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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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  • Nov
    30th

    Davenport Moves on From Restoration St. Louis riverfront plan

    The city of Davenport is on to plan B after the City Council reviewed Restoration St. Louis’ proposal for the barge and porte cochere on the riverfront.

     

    Read the full article here. 

    Photo Credit: Kevin E. Schmidt, Quad-City Times
  • Nov
    28th

    The City Church moves into former Downtown Central Perk space in Davenport

    After nearly a year of holding services at the Redstone Room, The City Church now has a home base of its own. Since the Christian church, which now has about 70 members, opened in January, the Rev. Neil McReynolds said they’ve been scrambling to find meeting places.This past Tuesday, with The City Church’s first services held at their new digs on West 3rd Street in Davenport, the scramble was over.

    Read the full article here.

     

     

     

  • Nov
    18th

    New Business Help Economic Growth in Davenport

    KWQC – Carousel of Delights isn’t the only newer business in the city. RAW, in downtown Davenport had its grand opening Wednesday night and Baked Bread and Beer Company is set to open in the East Village this weekend. Head of Economic Development, Susanne Knutsen, said the growth of businesses helps both the economy and job creation.

     

    See the full story here. 

  • Nov
    15th

    Notes @ Noon: Serving a ‘healthy spin’ on cocktails, RAW preps to impress

    Quad City Times – “If the bulky bag of “organic” rainbow carrots temporarily resting atop the freshly polished concrete bar top didn’t make a statement, the permanent forest green moss growing on the wall definitely does. RAW, a new posh tavern in downtown Davenport is not the place to go for a shot of Fireball Cinnamon Whisky and a greasy burger, not that there’s anything wrong with that combo from time to time.”

    Read the full article here. 

    Photo Credit: John Schultz(Quad City Times) 

  • Nov
    14th

    Playhouse on the Block

     

    When staff at Quad-City Arts asked Estes Construction to build and donate a playhouse to be auctioned at Festival of Trees, the Davenport company readily agreed, then used the project as a team-building opportunity.

    Read the full article here. 

  • Nov
    10th

    A new Daytrotter: Comedy shows, local bands arrive to the venue

     Quad City Times – Following the August exit of Daytrotter founder Sean Moeller, things are shaking up for the 10-year-old company that records live sessions of bands for online listening and hosts a steady stream of concerts.

    Read the full article here. 

    Photo credit: Kevin E Schmidt – QCTimes (11/7)

  • Sep
    20th

    Trustees Hire Financing, Development Firm for Development

    Saratoga Capital Group, based in St. Louis, will provide financing and development services for construction of the Scott Community College Urban Campus in downtown Davenport.

    Financing for the $28 million project is expected to be pinned down by the end of 2016, with construction completed in late 2017 or early 2018. The project will not require a property tax increase.

    Read the full story here. 

  • Aug
    18th

    The Secret Club: With Eight Releases, Cartouche Records Has Crafted a Quirky Identity

    Ragged Records holds thousands of vinyl, categorized mostly by genre, but one special label has its own section. Cartouche Records has a permanent spot holding the eight LP’s produced on the label. These eight albums are just as “unique” and “authentic” as the man who produces and sells them; Bob Herrington. 

  • Aug
    3rd

    New Developments Change Brady Street View

    Every year thousands of people crowd the downtown Davenport area for the Bix7 race, and this year they saw a new view. $98 million in investments have changed the face of the downtown area over the past year and Brady Street is stunning proof.

  • Aug
    3rd

    Downtowns Booming, New Housing Projects Underway

    Downtown Davenport’s occupancy rate is almost 100 percent, making it difficult to find affordable and available living space. New housing projects are making living spaces more accessible.

  • Aug
    3rd

    12 Must-See Museum Exhibits in the U.S. this Summer

    Downtown Davenport’s very own Figge Art Museum receives national recognition with one of the “must-see” exhibits this summer.

  • Aug
    3rd

    Preserve Iowa Summit Heads to Davenport

    In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act, the “2016 Preserve Iowa Summit: Our History, Our Future” will take place at various locations in downtown Davenport, Sept. 15-17.

  • Aug
    3rd

    Downtown Davenport Street Fest 2016

    The Quad-Cities largest homecoming party was another success this year, as the 45th annual Street Fest filled 2nd St from Ripley to Brady.

  • Jun
    28th

    DDP Annual Meeting Highlights & Key Stats

    $98 Million in construction, big development plans, and sustained residential growth headlined the recent Downtown Davenport Partnership (DDP) Annual Meeting.  DDP, a division the Chamber, provides leadership and advocacy for downtown economic development, strategic planning, cultural vitality, events, marketing, and clean-and-safe initiatives.  Debi Durham, Director of Iowa Economic Development Authority, also spoke at the event.

    Highlights include:

    • Investment
      •  9 projects representing $98M of investment under construction downtown
      • $112M+ in planned pipeline projects
      • $400M+ invested downtown since 2000 ($88M since 2010)
      • 22 new, retained or expanded businesses
      • $14.2M in food & beverage sales
      • DDP granted $114,000, leveraging $369,000 of private investment

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    • Major Project Milestones
      • DDP facilitated acquisition and demolition of former hotel at 227 LeClaire St.
      • City Square ($60M) Phase 1 is nearly complete with renovation of historic Parker Building. Phase 2 beginning now  renovating historic Putnam Building in to luxury hotel and residential
      • Eastern Iowa Community College progressing toward construction phase of new downtown campus

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    • Housing Market Report
      • 9% occupancy of market-rate housing units
        • 284 Market-Rate units building since 2013, yet occupancy remains above 97%
      • Expected demand of 500 more market-rate apartments over the next 5 years
      • Nearly 50% of units have rents above $1.20 PSF, and 30% renting above $1.40 PSF
      • 151 apartments under construction (90 Mkt-Rate, 61 Affordable)
      • 1,266 total apartments downtown

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    • Legislative Goals Met
      • Successful passage of HF2443, providing a needed update to the existing Historic Tax Credit Program
        • Of the 19 past and current Historic Tax Credit projects in Davenport, $50 million of State investment has leveraged an additional $152 million locally
      • Uber launched in the Quad Cities in 2015
      • Enhance Iowa Legislation passed, updating the previous Vision Iowa program

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    • Downtown Livability & Physical Environment Improvements
      • DDP continues to advocate for return of two-way traffic on 3rd & 4th Streets
        • One-ways are detrimental to pedestrian life and retail viability. No overriding traffic crisis mandates that these streets remain one-way; justified by the goal of urban viability and vitality
      • “Welcome to Davenport” sign planned for Arsenal Bridge gateway and more flower baskets planned
      • DDP advocated for execution of entire RiverVision plan
      • DDP/City partnering to update Design Guidelines, right of way responsibilities, and ADA plans

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    • Downtown Culture & Workforce Attraction
      • Growth and national significance of Quad Cities music scene was highlighted
        • Led downtown via opening of Daytrotter, along with River Music Experience celebrating 12 years and evolution of the Adler Theatre
      • DDP successfully produced River Roots Live, Street Fest, Red White & Boom, and Icestravaganza
        • River Roots Live evolves as the premier Quad Cities music festival
      • Retail/Restaurant growth highlighted by opening of Analog Arcade Bar, Creative Collective,
        Endless Brews, 7the Starting Line, Los Compadres, Bucktown, and expansion of Crafted QC
      • Figge Art Museum opened numerous new exhibits, highlighted by Wizard of Oz
      • Creative Arts Academy continues to grow and recruit students
  • Jun
    23rd

    Demand for downtown Davenport housing still strong

    Quad City Times – Over the next five years, 220 new market-rate housing units could be accommodated in downtown Davenport, an official predicted Wednesday at the Downtown Davenport Partnership’s annual meeting.

    Read more at qctimes.com

  • Jun
    23rd

    Eastern Iowa buys buildings for campus

    Quad City Times – The board of Eastern Iowa Community Colleges has unanimously approved the purchase of two downtown buildings for the construction of a new Urban Campus for Scott Community College.

    Read more at qctimes.com…

  • Jun
    22nd

    Rental Housing Update – 1st Quarter 2016

    We highlighted some key findings of the downtown Davenport Rental Housing Update at the Downtown Davenport Partnership Annual Meeting.

    Review and download the complete study here!

  • May
    16th

    Celebrating 85 Years of Downtown Ballpark This Month!

    The Quad-City Times provided an interesting & thorough piece on the 85 year history of our River Bandits’ beautiful home ballpark!

    Read about it here…

     

  • Apr
    11th

    Mayor recognizes businesses

    Davenport Today – Mayor Frank Klipsch kicked off his initiative to occasionally recognize local businesses at City Council meeting, recognizing three located on Main Street.

    Read more at Davenport Today…

  • Feb
    29th

    Barcade marries pinball and adult beverages

    Dispatch Argus – Arcade machines and adult beverages may be an unlikely duo, but the marriage of the two at the Davenport-based Analog Arcade Bar has struck a chord with many and could have real staying power, according to Rich Cooksey, part-owner of the “barcade.”

    Read more here…

    Photo credit: Dispatch Argus, Todd Welvaert