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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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  • 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

  • Feb
    25th

    City Square project on pace for spring opening

    Davenport Today – Work is accelerating on Restoration St. Louis’ $60 million City Square project, with a projected opening of the east building (formerly known as the Parker Building) as the new downtown home of Wells Fargo, other Class A office space and several floors of residential apartments in late spring/early summer.

    Read more here…

  • Feb
    23rd

    Daytrotter Downs Festival: Day One

    Paste Magazine – The inaugural Daytrotter Downs Festival kicked off last night at the Adler Theatre in Davenport, Iowa. And let me just say – they nailed it. With a lineup consisting of vets John Paul White (The Civil Wars), William Elliott Whitmore and P.O.S., as well as artists-to-watch Curtis Harding and Mothers, Daytrotter founder Sean Moeller perfectly curated the night’s roster to ensure that it was a night everyone would remember…and thoroughly enjoy.

    Read more here…

  • Dec
    30th

    Daytrotter excited about next 10 years in new space

    Dispatch Argus – Daytrotter is enjoying a big, beautiful 10,000-square-foot present this holiday season, and it hopes to unwrap it for the public soon.

    Read more here…

    *Photo provided by Dispatch Argus

  • Dec
    29th

    A look back at 2015 in Q-C business

    2015 was a great year for new opportunities with redevelopment projects!

    Read full story at Quad City Times…

     

  • Dec
    16th

    4th Annual Icestravaganza to Transform Freight House to Winter Wonderland

    (Quad Cities) – Icestravaganza returns for its fourth year on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at the Freight House with more interactive ice sculptures, live music, kids’ activities, ice princess guests, giveaways and extended Farmers Market hours.

    Award-winning ice-sculptor Dawson List returns to Davenport from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to amaze attendees with large ice sculptures carved live on site at the Freight House, 421 W. River Dr.  Last year, List created the impressive ice eagle throne – and his new signature piece for 2016 is sure to please.

    Icestravaganza has two very special sisters making an appearance this year. The famous ice queen and princess will be mingling and taking photos with guests from noon to 2 pm. The family fun doesn’t stop there; Icestravaganza offers live music and FREE indoor kids’ activities including a cookie decorating station, crafts, and Davenport Public Library story time.

    For the adults, don’t forget to enter the drawing! Two lucky winners will be going home with a $500 gift certificate to Necker’s Jewelers! The Freight House Farmers Market will remain open until 4 p.m. so you can shop local, too. After the sun goes down, the sculptures will be lit to make viewing extra spectacular so plan to share fun photos with friends and #tagtheQC!

    Icestravaganza is proud to be a part of Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard Weekend. Be sure to check out the many shops, galleries, museums, bars and restaurants in downtown Davenport.

    Icestravaganza is presented by Genesis Health System and the Downtown Davenport Partnership.   Additional support is provided by KLJB Fox 18, 97X, Quad-City Times, Mickle Communications, Werner Restoration, One Step Printing, Small Wonders Photography, Necker’s Jewelers, and the Davenport Levee Improvement Commission.

  • Dec
    4th

    Downtown retailers making holidays shine

    Davenport Today – As downtown Davenport continues its business boom, retailers are resurrecting the tradition of splashy holiday window displays that used to attract throngs to the central city in Decembers past.

    Read more here…

    *Photo provided by Davenport Today

  • Dec
    3rd

    Parker Building begins evolution under Restoration St. Louis

    The former Parker Building in downtown Davenport is being revived…

    Read the full story at Quad-City Times