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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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2017
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2017
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  • Apr
    19th

    If you’ve ever been to a big event in the Quad Cities, you’ve probably seen this mobile. car

    And that’s probably because the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau has people everywhere! (We’re serious. There’s one in Davenport, Moline, Rock Island and even at the airport) If they don’t have an actual center near you, there are kiosks with all the important information throughout the QC. The CVB has their hands on a significant amount of the events happening, but do you really know what they do?

    We sat down with their Sales and Servicing Manager, Amber Hamer, over tacos (from La Finca <3) to talk about their day-to-day world and what we should expect from them for summer ’17.

    1. V.I.V. Program
      vivThis is a summer long program! Kicking off during tourism week, visitors can stop into any CVB location and pick up their V(ery) I(mportant) V(isitor) wristband and a list of discounts from local companies! If you’re a frequent visitor, their website will have a consistently updated list.
    2. PDGA Tournament
      You probably didn’t realize the QC has eight disc golf courses, and you probably didn’t realize the Professional Disc Golf Association was a thing, but it’s pretty legitimate. In fact they want to have their national tournament here! For a week in July (15-22), over 800 disco golfers will be testing their skills and trying the QC on for size!
    3. Tourism Week.
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      Did you know tourism brings in $837 million to the QC on a yearly basis? That’s unbelievable! The CVB wants to celebrate that. So, May 5-13, with 14 HUGE events, the CVB is hosting Tourism Week. The list includes Tour De Brew, Beaux Arts fair and more. Check it out here.

    Every year thousands of people come to the QC between races, conventions, concerts, games; the list goes on. All of these people need a resource to plan their trips and get information about our area. The CVB website includes an activity guide (you can also find these at almost any establishment with a magazine rack), a list of events, lodging information, transportation updates, and where to eat/shop/gamble/play.

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  • Mar
    28th

    Downtown Construction/Traffic for Spring ’17

    Over the course of the next two months, there will be vital construction occurring downtown.  Unfortunately, this also means traffic congestion. Starting on April 3rd, the two west/left lanes  of Brady St. (from River Dr. to 7th St) will be under construction until approximately April 24th. After this construction is complete, the lane closures will switch to the two opposite lanes on Brady St.  Construction is scheduled to be complete by May 27th. In addition to this major decrease in lane usage, the west bound lane of 2nd St. between Main St. and Brady St. will also be closed for sewer work until April 16th.

    On-street parking will be highly monitored and limited as certain blocks will have no street parking at all. We understand this construction will add time to your daily commutes, however at the Partnership, we have come up with solutions to hopefully relieve any traffic jams.

     

    TAKE AWAYS:

    • For the next two months road/sewer construction will be underway along Brady and 2nd It is schedule to be complete by May 27th.
    • On-street parking in this vicinity will be very limited.

     

    OUR ADVICE:

    Utilize the FREE Riverfront parking.
    It may not be a beach, but it makes for a romantic walk!

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    Use parking ramps the SMART way.
    If you’re a frequent user of the ramps, download the ParkingMobile App. You won’t have to waste time finding and paying at the kiosks. (Redstone Ramp is Zone #9691 & RiverCenter is Zone #9692).
    parking appWhen exiting the Redstone ramp opt to go south before going north. You’ll avoid congestion and in result get around quicker. When leaving the RiverCenter Ramp, exit on 2nd St and head east to avoid congestion.

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    Opt for alternative north bound routes. Gaines St., Marquette Rd., and Jersey Ridge Rd. all head north and won’t be filled with construction and frustrated drivers!!!

     

    The City of Davenport sent out this press release on Monday in regards to the construction.

  • Mar
    28th

    Hotel Blackhawk receives top AAA award

    The Hotel Blackhawk, AAA and Figge Art Museum will host an evening at the Davenport museum to celebrate the Hotel Blackhawk’s AAA Four Diamond Award.

    Read the full story here.

    Photo Credit: Doug Schorpp

  • Mar
    8th

    Your Downtown Guide to St. Patrick’s Day

    St. Patrick’s Day is approaching quickly and we have your guide to downtown for the festivities!

    pattys day raceThe Grand Parade will start in Rock Island at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday and make it’s way over to Davenport. Practice the words to “Wearin’ of the Green” before the parade makes it’s way over the Centennial bridge to 3rd St. The nationally unique parade will conclude at the RiverCenter, where the St. Patrick Society will be throwing their post-parade bash!

    On March 12, The Apprentices will be painting “Shamrock Alley,” better known as 2nd and Main Street. Shamrock Alley will serve as the starting line for CASI’s 35th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Race. The race will start Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. with the Tot Trot. The 1 mile Family Fun Run/Walk and the Fast, Flat and Fun 5k road race will start promptly after. If you don’t want to celebrate St. Patty’s day with fitness, there’s still the option to participate as a Ghost Runner!

    dam viewLuckily for us, St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday this year, and our downtown businesses are taking advantage of the reason to celebrate. River Music Experience is hosting a concert and fundraiser for the QC Celtic Festival with musical guests Laural Almquist and Four Shillings Short. Barrel House is partying all weekend long with drink specials on Friday and a pre-parade party starting at 8 a.m. Dam View Inn is celebrating dual events; St. Patty’s day and the kickoff of March Madness. Expect Dj’s and tons of basketball throughout the weekend. On Saturday, Analog will host an outdoor party, and Me & Billy will be hosting their “Classic Day O’ Fun” including drink specials and delicious snacks from the Crepe Guy! Don’t forget about the annual St. Patty’s Day party at Shenanigans, as well as the big outdoor parties at Kilkenny’s, Carriage Haus, and Mac’s, too.

  • Feb
    28th

    DDP Internship

    EVENTS ASSISTANT INTERNSHIP – Summer, 2017

    Downtown Davenport Partnership (DDP), a division of the Quad Cities Chamber, is seeking college students interested in enhancing their education and experience in event planning, marketing, and implementation. This internship position offers hands-on experience and applicants can expect to play an active role in producing three major Quad Cities’ festivals.   The Events Assistant intern reports directly to Jason Gilliland, DDP Director of Events.

    Events Include:

    • Red, White and Boom – July 3
    • Street Fest (Bix7 Weekend) – July 28-29
    • Alternating Currents – August 25-26

    Responsibilities:

    • Assist in special event planning and execution
    • The position requires being on-site during all events
    • Event website maintenance
    • Volunteer recruitment and coordination as well as training sessions
    • Coordinates vendors and provides event details to prospective participants
    • Provides administrative support prior to and after events
    • Manage sponsor benefits and fulfillment
    • Other duties as assigned

    Qualifications:

    • Professional, service-oriented attitude
    • Experience in Microsoft Office is required
    • Strong organization and planning skills
    • Ability to coordinate multiple tasks
    • Strong communication skills, both oral and written
    • High level of attention to detail and accuracy
    • Ability to work independently
    • Dependable and flexible
    • Valid driver’s license

    Summary:

    Start Date: As soon as possible

    Schedule:  10 – 15 hours/week through May.  40 hours/week + events in June, July & August

    Salary:       $8.25/ hour

    Apply to:

    Jason Gilliland,
    DDP Director of Events

    Phone: 563.823.2681

    Email:  jgilliland@quadcitieschamber.com

    Website: www.downtowndavenport.com

    The information contained herein is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and qualifications required of individuals performing the job. The qualifications detailed in this job description are not considered the minimum requirements necessary to perform the job, but rather as guidelines. They may vary from position to position.

    Photo provided by Small Wonders Photography.

  • Feb
    10th

    New luxury boutique hotel and apartments opening in Davenport

    The 1910 historic Putnam building in downtown Davenport will soon complete renovations and be transformed into a building called The Current, Iowa.

    Read the full story here.

  • Feb
    6th

    Davenport firefighter answers call to rehab historic downtown building

    Concerned last year that downtown Davenport would lose one of its historic buildings, one resident went out on a whim to save it.

    Read the full article here.

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

  • Jan
    31st

    ‘Event of the century:’ Quad-Citians revel in sight of Cubs World Series trophy

    When Dorothy Gaffney says she waited a lifetime to see the Cubs World Series trophy, she means it.

     

    Read the full article here.

  • Jan
    30th

    Eastern Iowa gets in on ground floor of Virtual Reality

    In a computer lab in downtown Davenport, a group of 14 students is exploring and training for what could be the next generation of digital jobs.

     

    Read the full article here.

     

    Photo Credit: Kevin Schmidt, Quad-City Times

  • 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