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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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2015
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2015
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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…

  • December
    30th

    Courthouse renovation chips away at space needs

    Quad-City Times – Construction workers are in the midst of a roughly $2 million renovation of the first floor of the Scott County Courthouse, a project officials say will accommodate more people in magistrate court and improve conditions for the clerk’s office.

     

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  • December
    29th

    Quad City Artist Teaches Kids How To Play With Clay

    WQAD – A local artist is sharing his interesting talent with young art lovers in the Quad Cities.

    On Sunday, December 28th, 2014, L&D15 in downtown Davenport hosted a “Meet Your Maker” event. Glenn Boyles, from Davenport, met with a group of kids and helped them create different works of art using clay.

    Read more here…

  • December
    18th

    Relaxed Counting Crows, Duritz, charm Adler audience

    Quad-City Times- Equally charismatic and nonchalant, Adam Duritz and the rest of Counting Crows held an audience of about 1,200 spellbound for a two-hour set Tuesday night at the Adler Theatre, Davenport.

    Read more here…

     

  • December
    12th

    Love the Q-C? Tell the world about it

    Dispatch/Argus – The Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce wants you to use your selfies to showcase the region.

    The Network: Young Professionals of the Quad Cities on Thursday launched a social media campaign — #tagtheQC — to boost community pride and celebrate what’s cool, creative and prosperous about the area.

     

    Read more here…

     

  • November
    24th

    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
    24th

    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
    17th

    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
    17th

    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
    12th

    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
    11th

    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.