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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.


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



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.”


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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  • November

    Festival of Trees opens 29th year

    Quad-City Times- The lights were not the only things glowing Saturday at the Davenport RiverCenter as the Quad-City Arts Festival of Trees opened to the public for its 29th year.

    Read more here…

  • November

    Small Business Saturday boosts local retailers

    Quad-City Times- A day created to drive holiday shoppers to small, independent businesses  now fuels the year-round habit of shopping small, shopping local at many Quad-City retailers.

    Read more here…

  • November

    Peoria delegation visits downtown Davenport for inspiration

    Quad-City Times- Standing near the entrance of the Hotel Blackhawk on Thursday, Quad-City developer Rodney Blackwell said he finds it almost “weird” to see flocks of young professionals migrating to downtown Davenport.

    Read more here…

  • November

    Boutique combines art, fashion

    Quad-City Times- “Locally made” is the theme of a downtown Davenport boutique that will open Saturday night in a big way.

    Lopeti Etu and David Balluff are partners in L&D15, a retail shop that specializes in designing, making and selling clothing, accessories, art and housewares. It is located at 520 W. 2nd St.

    Read more here…

  • November

    Veterans Memorial Park Public Input Meeting

    The City of Davenport will host an informational and public input meeting for the final development plan of Veterans Memorial Park at the Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd Street., on November 18 at 6 PM.

    SmithGroup JJR, the consultant team on the project and Friends of Veterans Memorial Park will provide a project update on Phase II and review previous input. Following this meeting, drawing for a final bid package will be created. Public input will also be taken for the ongoing master plan development for the park.

    This meeting will be open to the public. Local veterans, veterans groups and active military are strongly encouraged to attend to provide input and help define a lasting vision on this key cornerstone of the City’s award winning riverfront.  Light snacks, coffee, and water will be provided for guests in attendance.

  • November

    Art Talks: Downtown Davenport Partnership

    Executive Director of the Downtown Davenport Partnership (DDP), Kyle Carter, and Marketing and Administrative Coordinator, Brittany Bersano, sat down with WVIK’s Bruce Carter to discuss all things Downtown Davenport.

    Hear what’s on the horizon for the area here.

  • November

    New attraction at River’s Edge: Human foosball

    Quad-City Times- If you can keep your eye on a ball, you can play human foosball.

    Workers at the Davenport Parks & Recreation Department are adding another offering to their homemade resume. They have constructed a human foosball game at River’s Edge, 700 W. River Drive.


  • November

    Bandits’ Ferris wheel turns heads across the nation, wins award

    Quad-City Times- From a unique view of the action at a Quad-Cities River Bandits game to the scenery provided by the neighboring Mississippi River valley, the view from the top of the Ferris wheel at Modern Woodmen Park is one of a kind.

    Its uniqueness led Ballpark Digest to select the Ferris wheel at Davenport’s Midwest League stadium as the best ballpark improvement in all of baseball for 2014.

    Read more here…

  • November

    Economic Impact of Arts and Culture in the Quad Cities

    Quad Cities Chamber- Americans for the Arts has released the report recently facilitated by the Quad Cities Chamber to measure the economic impact of nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences in the Quad Cities region.

    The study, Arts & Economic Prosperity IV, revealed that the nonprofit arts and culture are a $71.34 million industry in the Quad Cities region – one that supports 1,906 full time equivalent jobs and generates $7.79 million in local and state government revenue.
    Nonprofit arts and culture organizations, which spend $32.88 million each year, leverage a remarkable $38.46 million in additional spending by arts and culture audiences – spending that pumps vital revenue into local restaurants, hotels, retail stores, and other businesses.
    The research found in Arts & Economic Prosperity IV shows that communities that support the arts and culture not only enhance their quality of life, they also invest in their economic well being.
    View the full report here or the summary here.
  • November

    Arts inspire Q-C economy

    Quad-City Times- Attend the Quad-Cities Symphony, ballet, Figge Art Museum or any of our community’s rich cultural experiences.

    Nobody’s talking economic impact.

    Read more here…

  • November

    2014 Remembrance Tree Lighting Celebrations

    Residents of the Quad Cities are invited to honor the memory of loved ones and focus attention on the continuing and growing need of hospice care in the community.

    Since 2004, the Genesis Remembrance Trees have honored more than 5,500 individuals and raised more than $30,000 for hospice care at Genesis.

    Read more here…

  • November

    Veteran’s Day Parade

    City Hall- The annual Veterans Day Parade will be held on Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11th, beginning at 10:00am. While parking on the parade route is permitted prior to and during the event, vehicles will not be permitted to enter or leave the area while the parade is in progress. A convenient parking option is in one of the parking ramps.

    Click here for a map of the parade route.

  • November

    More than 1,000 observe ‘Day of the Dead’ at the Figge

    Quad-City Times- The spirit of death was close at hand, but the atmosphere Sunday at the Figge Art Museum was celebratory rather than mournful.

    Dancers whirled and families posed for pictures beside “catrinas,” or huge, brightly decorated skeletal figures, during the Day of the Dead (or “Día de los Muertos”) event at the downtown Davenport museum.


  • October

    Two Sculptures Unveiled in Downtown Davenport

    WVIK- A 20-foot, 500 pound sculpture and a wooden “throne” now decorate the RiverCenter in downtown Davenport. Today, the Downtown Davenport Partnership celebrated the unveiling of two new sculptures.

    Read more here…

  • October

    2014 Halloween Parade Route

    Bring the family downtown for the 2014 Halloween Parade! The parade begins at 7PM at the corner of 3rd & Brady Streets.

    Parade Route
    Begins: 3rd & Brady
    West on 3rd to Scott St
    South on Scott to 2nd St
    East on 2nd to Iowa
    Ends: 3rd & Iowa Streets

    Click here for an image of the parade route. 

  • October

    Vintage trend shows its might

    Quad-City Times- Just an hour into Saturday’s first American Vintage Market at the Davenport RiverCenter, one vendor was nearly sold out. A couple from Jefferson, Iowa, loaded up antique wares from their Roadside Relics shop Friday and headed to Davenport. Shortly after the doors of the RiverCenter opened at 11 a.m., their bigger pieces were already marked sold.

    Read more here…

  • October

    Halloween Information 2014

    With October finally here, it’s time to start planning for Halloween festivities!

    • Trick-or-Treating in Davenport will take place Thursday, October 30, from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    • The Halloween Parade is scheduled for Friday, October 31, at 7:00 p.m. Streets will be blocked off downtown starting at 5:00 p.m. and parade line-up begins at 5:30 p.m.
  • September

    L&D15 – New Business

    Doing It In Davenport- Since moving from Brooklyn to Davenport a little more than a year ago, David Balluff and Lopeti Etu have searched long and hard to find the perfect space for their eclectic hand-made clothing and hat (and other stuff) store.

    Read more here…

  • September

    Developer Selected to Demolish & Redevelop Former Hotel Site Downtown

    The Downtown Davenport Partnership (DDP) is pleased to announce that a private developer has been selected to pursue the demolition and redevelopment of the former Howard Johnson hotel site at 227 LeClaire Street, a key eastern gateway to downtown Davenport, Iowa.

    The $25M proposed development, known as Riverwatch Place, is a six story mixed-use Class A office building that includes first floor commercial/retail use and restaurant space reminiscent of the former Davenport Club with river views on the top floor.   The building is 60,000 square ft. (10K per floor) and will feature outdoor vista points on each floor with a large outdoor dining area.  The initial development team includes Bush Construction, NAI Ruhl Commercial Co., Attorney John M. Carroll and BLDD Architects.  The ownership / development team will be expanded to include additional investors in the project.

    “The Riverwatch Place proposal is exactly what we were looking for,” said Kyle Carter, Executive Director, DDP.   “Completing this proposal would not only result in the demolition of an eyesore, but it would also mean a major a new construction project that adds to the Davenport skyline and provides a welcoming entrance to a significant downtown gateway. “

    Improving this site has long been a goal of the selected developers.  “The site offers extraordinary river views and is positioned prominently on the main entry-point to downtown Davenport. Our mission is to deliver a ‘trophy’ property worthy of the site.” Said John G. Ruhl, President of NAI Ruhl Commercial Co. “The next phase of the significant investment efforts in the downtown is an offering of true Class ‘A’ office space and restaurant space capitalizing on views of the Mississippi River.”

    The development team will enter in to an agreement with DDP and its non-profit partner, Demolition Davenport, to execute the project.  Demolition of the existing building is planned to begin by the end of the year.

    “Like any major project, there will be challenges to solve to make this a reality,” noted Carter.  “If this site was easy, it would have been done by now.  This is a big step in the right direction, and we’re excited to be one step closer to the redevelopment of such an important site that offers spectacular river views.”

    In the spring of 2014, DDP loaned funds to Demolition Davenport to purchase the site.  Since that time, DDP has assisted with debris removal and asbestos mitigation within the existing building on site.  DDP will continue to be the steward of the property as the project moves toward completion.

    Media Contacts
    Kyle Carter
    Executive Director
    Downtown Davenport Partnership

    John G. Ruhl
    NAI Ruhl Commercial Co.
    (563) 355-4000

  • September

    Mac’s Tavern serving it up for 80 years in Davenport

    Quad-City Times- As patrons of Mac’s Tavern raise their glasses this weekend, the toast could be to the staying power of the downtown Davenport institution. For 80 years, Mac’s has been part of the culture of downtown and a favorite watering hole for generations of Quad-Citians — young and old.