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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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  • February
    27th

    ESPN’s Behind the Scenes: Standard Byke Company Part 4

    Watch part 4 here.

  • February
    24th

    ESPN’s Behind the Scenes: Standard Byke Company part 3

    Watch part 3 here. 

  • February
    24th

    Giving the Quad Cities their due

    The Midwestival-  To begin, a confession: I have said some uncharitable things about the Quad Cities. Very uncharitable. And now, I stand here — hat in hand and kicking my heels — ready to admit that I was wrong. There’s something special happening down the Mississippi River in Iowa (and Illinois).

     

  • February
    24th

    One-on-one with Restoration St. Louis

    Davenport Today- The historic Hotel Blackhawk is celebrating it’s 100-year anniversary all of 2015 with a series of celebrations and special events. Hotel owners/developers Amrit and Amy Gill were in town Tuesday night for the kickoff of the year-long party, and we had a chance to sit down and talk with them about Hotel Blackhawk, their pioneering work in Davenport’s recent downtown explosion, future projects such as City Square, Scott Community College’s new downtown campus, the Kahl Building renovation and others.

     

    Read more here…

  • February
    20th

    Q-C visitor: Downtown Davenport is an amazing place to live

    Quad-City Times- It was love at first sight: The first apartment we visited here in the Quad- Cities was in downtown Davenport.

     

    Read more here…

  • February
    20th

    ESPN’s Behind the Scenes: Standard Byke Company part 2

    Watch Part 2 here!

  • February
    12th

    Expanding Farmers Market signs new lease with Levee Commission

    Quad-City Times- The ever-expanding Freight House Farmers Market signed a new lease with Davenport on Wednesday to add an extra day on Sunday for more vendors.

     

    Read more here…

  • February
    10th

    Auto show brings something for every car taste

    Quad-City Times- From veteran car show enthusiasts to first-time show-goers, the more than 150 vehicles from domestic models to luxury liners and conversion vans have been a hit at 21st annual Iowa Illinois Regional Auto Show at the Davenport RiverCenter.

     

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  • February
    6th

    Standard Byke on ESPN

    Another one of our hidden gems has been recognized by national media.  Check out part 1 of a 4 part series ESPN is doing highlighting Standard Byke and their founder, Rick Moliterno.  His shop is just on the edge of downtown.  Pretty cool stuff.

    http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=12289820

  • February
    5th

    Davenport aldermen advance Riverwatch project

    Quad-City Times- Riverwatch Place, a six-story multi-use building that is planned for the site of the former Howard Johnson Plaza hotel in downtown Davenport,, continued moving forward Wednesday at the Davenport City Council committee-of-the-whole meeting.

     

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  • January
    26th

    RAGBRAI ride to end in Davenport

    Quad-City Times- Davenport will be the end point for the 2015 RAGBRAI. The announcement was made at a party in Des Moines just after 9 p.m. Saturday. RAGBRAI — the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa — was last in Davenport in 2011.

     

    Read more here…

  • January
    22nd

    Crafted QC opens Friday in downtown Davenport

    Quad-City Times- Mary Talbert is fulfilling her lifelong dream.

    The Davenport native will open her own craft store Friday in Davenport. Crafted QC will have a grand opening from 3-8 p.m. Friday at 217 E. 2nd St.

    Read more here…

  • January
    21st

    Scott County Y makes plans for new downtown facility

    Quad City Times- Scott County Family Y officials are eyeing a construction start on a new downtown Y for 2019, with a possible opening in 2020, a top Y executive said Tuesday, as he sought help from the county board of supervisors on the project.

     

    Read more here…

  • January
    19th

    Davenport Martin Luther King project gets $3 million boost

    Quad-City Times- Nearly 50 years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at the former Masonic Temple in Davenport as he received the Pacem in Terris Award given by the Diocese of Davenport.

    Read more here…

     

  • January
    19th

    Warm temps boost success of icy Q-C event

    Dispatch Argus – Kneeling before two 300-pound chunks of ice, Dawson List grabbed his chain saw.

    Though the ice stood in two rectangular blocks, soon, those blocks would become an eagle.

     

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  • January
    19th

    Ice sculptor from the Deep South dazzles visitors at Icestravaganza

    Quad-City Times- Warmer-than-normal temperatures Saturday didn’t prevent New Orleans sculptor Dawson List from creating a winter wonderland at the Freight House Farmers Market.

    A large crowd gathered around List as he used a chainsaw and various tools to make a sculpture of a fish from a large block of ice.

    Read more here…

  • January
    9th

    Megabus.com expands to Davenport route

    Quad-City Times – Megabus.com, a city-to-city express bus company, announced Thursday that it plans to begin nonstop service between Davenport and four cities.

    Read more here…

     

  • January
    6th

    3rd Annual Icestravaganza Expands with New Location

    Icestravaganza returns for its third year on Saturday, January 17, 2015 with a new location at the Freight House, more interactive ice sculptures, kids’ activities, extended Farmers Market hours, and a new After-Party.

    Award-winning ice-sculptor Dawson List returns to Davenport from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to impress attendees with large ice sculptures carved live on site at the Freight House, 421 W. River Dr.  Last year, List created the huge and impressive ice throne – you don’t want to miss his new signature piece for 2015.  It’s FREE, so plan to share fun photos with friends and #tagtheQC!

    Along with live ice carving, Icestravaganza will offer FREE indoor kids’ activities including a cookie decorating station, crafts, library story time, and an appearance by Rascal the River Bandit. The Freight House Farmers Market will remain open until 4 p.m. so you can shop local, too. Barstool Boogaloo will play live music throughout the day near Front Street Tap Room.  Public skating will be available nearby at River’s Edge for $5 minimum from 2:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    The Icestravaganza After-Party on the 2nd floor of the Freight House runs from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. and will feature a live DJ set by Just Let Go, a cash bar with a vodka luge, and heavy hors d’oeuvres provided by Front Street Brewery.  Tickets for the Icestravaganza After-Party are $10 and can be purchased in advance here or at DowntownDavenport.com.  Tickets may also be purchased at the door that evening. Just Let Go is like an old-school record party, updated for today’s record-obsessed party people.  They spin dusty soul/funk 45’s, rare-groove, afro-beat, hip-hop, new wave, disco, and even some of today’s hottest vinyl.  Stop talking about when you “used to go out dancing,” because now there’s no excuse.

    After the sun goes down, the sculptures will be lit. Plan to enjoy the riverfront view from the second level of the Freight House while the After-Party is in full swing.  Tickets are limited, so pick up a pair now.

    Icestravaganza is a proud supporter of the Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard Weekend.  There’s more fun to be had downtown at River Music Experience, Bucktown Center for the Arts, Figge Art Museum, L&D 15, Bix Bistro, Re-Cre8 Studio, Downtown Central Perk, and the Radisson.  Visit www.qcbeatourist.com for more info.

    Icestravaganza is presented by Genesis Health System and the Downtown Davenport Partnership.   Additional support is provided by Necker’s Jewelers, Front Street Brewery, Small Wonders Photography, and the Davenport Levee Improvement Commission.

  • January
    5th

    Change is coming to Q-C landscape

    Quad-City Times- As the new year progresses in the Quad-Cities, a number of significant construction projects and other business initiatives are expected to develop. Here is a look at some of the projects and key developments expected to advance this year.

     

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  • December
    31st

    Register for Putt-A-Round fundraiser

    Quad-City Times- Registration is open for the 10th annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Putt-A-Round event.

    Putt-A-Round offers 24 holes designed by area businesses. The event is open to the public Wednesday, Jan. 21, through Friday, Jan. 23, and kicks off with a special evening Tuesday, Jan. 20. Bigs and Littles play for free, and families with children can play for $7 per person. It features food contributed by local restaurants.

    Read more here…