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Play | Mississippi Riverfront

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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  • Jan
    19th

    Benefit concert to celebrate Ellis Kell’s memory, support his family

    At the Peace, Love & the Joy of Music: Ellis Kell Family Benefit Concert slated for Saturday at the RiverCenter, Davenport, dozens of area musicians will take the stage to honor Kell, the Quad-City icon who died in December.

     

    Read the full article here.

     

  • Jan
    16th

    Icestravaganza tradition grows, features medieval ice sculptures

    The Downtown Davenport Partnership presented the fifth annual Icetravaganza on Saturday at the Freight House on River Drive.

     

    Read the full article here.

  • Jan
    16th

    QC Food Hub opens after renovations

    After three weeks of interior remodeling, the Quad Cities Food Hub in Davenport is once again open for business.

     

    Read the full article here.

  • Jan
    16th

    Icestravaganza melts Q-C winter blues

    Ice sculptors created an ice storm of their own Saturday as they sawed and chipped away on huge blocks of ice to create a medieval winter wonderland at Davenport’s Freight House.

     

    Read the full article here.

    Photo Credit: Jeff Cook Quad City Times 

  • Jan
    11th

    Urban Campus project gets upgrade

    The new Urban Campus of Scott Community College in downtown Davenport will be even better than originally planned, thanks to an additional — and unexpected — $2 million generated by the sale of tax credits.

     

    Read the full article here.

    Photo Credit: Kevin E. Schmidt QUAD-CITY TIMES

  • Jan
    5th

    Food Trucks to make permanent stop in Davenport

    The City of Davenport is hungry for food trucks.

    After implementing a successful six-week pilot program, the city has crafted an ordinance that will permit mobile food vendors in designated city right of ways and zones in the near future.

    Read the full article here. 

  • Dec
    30th

    Davenport’s eastern gateway gets a boost

    The eastern gateway into downtown Davenport got a boost Thursday, following a property donation by Russell Construction, the real estate development and property management company based in the city.

     

    Read the full article here.

    Photo credit: Jeff Cook (Quad City Times)
  • Dec
    30th

    Don’t let the name fool you, new whiskey bar in town won’t be ‘upscale’

    Duct tape, plastic tarp and dust-caked drapes shutter the front door and windows of the old Musicians Union Local 67 headquarters in downtown Davenport.

    The vacant building has seen better days, but a creative crew of entrepreneurs is converting the space at 304 E. 3rd St. into a neighborhood tavern and performance venue.

     

    Read the full article here.

    Photo Credit: Andy Abeyta (Quad City Times)
  • Dec
    28th

    RME staff carries on Ellis Kell’s mission with Winter Blues program

    Quad City Times – Bret Dale knew it would be a rough day at work.

    Monday marked his first day back at the River Music Experience, or RME, after the passing of his boss, friend, mentor and father figure, Ellis Kell.

    Read the full article here.

    Photo Credit: Andy Abeyta (Quad City Times) 
  • Dec
    19th

    Gills will debut The Current Iowa, an art-focused hotel

    Restoration St. Louis will showcase the talents of the Midwest’s premier and emerging artists when it takes the wraps off its newest downtown Davenport hotel — The Current Iowa.

    Read the full article here.

    Photo Credit: Kevin Schmidt, Quad-City Times 
  • 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.