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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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  • July
    28th

    Other projects are ongoing in downtown Davenport

    Quad-City Times- This time next year, there will be many more people calling downtown Davenport home.

    In fact, downtown residential rehab projects have been a constant for almost a decade.

    One of the biggest projects underway is at the Union Arcade building at 3rd and Brady streets.

    Read more here…

  • July
    28th

    Loft projects race to finish line in downtown Davenport

    Quad-City Times- Downtown Davenport is becoming one of the hottest Quad-City addresses as developers race to snap up some of the area’s solid, but tired, office and warehouse buildings to reinvent them as loft housing.

     Read more here…

  • July
    28th

    Office complex is hope for former Howard Johnson’s hotel

    Quad-City Times- If all goes as planned, the former Howard Johnson’s hotel at River Drive and 3rd Street in Davenport someday will be a multi-story, Class A office complex with possible commercial businesses on the ground floor.

    That is the hope of Demolition Davenport and the Downtown Davenport Partnership.

    Read more here…

  • July
    28th

    Old HoJo Site Moving Closer to Re-Development

    Doing It In Davenport- A wrecking ball will soon swing into the dilapidated walls of one of downtown Davenport’s worst eyesores, making way for what the Downtown Davenport Partnership anticipates will go from long-time nuisance to “iconic structure”.

     Read more here…

  • July
    24th

    Request for Proposals – 227 LeClaire St. Redevelopment (former Howard Johnson site)

    The Downtown Davenport Partnership (DDP) is now accepting proposals regarding the riverfront redevelopment opportunity at 227 LeClaire St. in Davenport, Iowa.

    227 LeClaire Street, known as the former Howard Johnson hotel site, is located at a key eastern gateway to downtown Davenport that boasts unmatched riverfront views, visibility, and the opportunity to create an iconic addition to the Davenport skyline.  DDP, a non-profit agency, is seeking a private developer to demolish and redevelop the former hotel site.

    DDP is leading the effort to select a private developer to ultimately own and develop the property for its highest and best use.  With over $124M in construction slated downtown over the next two years, this strategic site is ripe for rebirth.  Creativity and big ideas are welcome!

    Submissions are due by August 25, 2014

    Download RFP Document – Redevelopment of 227 LeClaire St. Davenport IA

  • July
    22nd

    Red, White, & Boom Fireworks Rescheduled for Labor Day

    The Red, White & Boom! fireworks have been rescheduled for Labor Day, Monday, September 1,2014, starting promptly at 8:30 p.m. The fireworks will be shot from a barge in the Mississippi River between Davenport and Rock Island.

    Family activities will start at 6:00 p.m. in Modern Woodmen Park in Davenport and Schwiebert Riverfront Park in Rock Island. Both riverfronts will feature additional publicly accessible viewing areas.

    The festival’s original date of July 3 was cancelled due to flooding of the Mississippi River. “We’re thrilled to give the Quad Cities another opportunity to enjoy the largest fireworks show in the region,” said Ken Croken, Chairman, Red, White & Boom Committee. “The Red, White & Boom! Committee has been hard at work preparing for this, and we’re excited to make Labor Day even more special for the community this year.”

    Red, White & Boom! is generously hosted by Genesis Health System and Riverboat Development Authority, and presented by the Downtown Davenport Partnership, a division of the Quad Cities Chamber, and Rock Island Parks & Recreation.

    For more details and a complete list of sponsors, please visit www.RedWhiteBoom.org.

  • July
    15th

    Roads reopen as floodwaters continue to fall

    Quad-City Times- More of Davenport’s riverfront area is returning to normal as the Mississippi River flooding recedes, but some roads, bike paths and other areas will remain closed for another week.

    Read more here…

  • July
    14th

    Readers’ Choice Awards

    QC Times- Vote daily for the 23rd Annual Readers’ Choice Awards here.

  • July
    7th

    Lane closures begin on Centennial Bridge

    QC Times- The Illinois Department of Transportation reports that, weather permitting, there will be lane closures today on the Centennial Bridge over the Mississippi River.

    Workers will be conducting the annual bridge inspection for the structure.

    Read more here…

  • July
    7th

    Flood and rain can’t dampen the blues

    QC Times- Drenched by rain and pushed around by the rising river, organizers of the Mississippi Valley Blues Fest had ample reason to sing down-on-their-luck dirges over the past week.

    But festival organizers and attendees were hanging tough Saturday on the third and final day of the 30th annual event.

    Read more here…

  • July
    3rd

    Dock, casino projects take steps forward

    QC Times- Davenport aldermen advanced two resolutions that will aid major development projects — a land-based casino and The Dock restaurant — during the committee-of-the-whole meeting Wednesday.

     Read more here…

  • July
    2nd

    Where to go in the Q-C area to watch fireworks displays

    QC Times- After the cancellation of the Red, White & Boom! fireworks celebration on the Mississippi riverfront between the cities of Davenport and Rock Island, many are searching for other options to satisfy their fireworks fix. The Quad-City Times has compiled this list of options.

     Click here for the list…

  • July
    2nd

    Portable bridge grants fans access to ballpark despite flood

    QC Times- Davenport city crews worked much of the day Tuesday to keep access open for baseball fans at Modern Woodmen Park along the Mississippi River. The city installed a portable bridge and flood panels so that fans and Quad-Cities River Bandits personnel will be able to enter the ballpark as the river rises. The River Bandits are scheduled to return home Friday night with Fourth of July fireworks also on the schedule.

    Read more here…

  • July
    2nd

    Red, White, and Boom Cancelled Due to High River Levels

    The Red, White & Boom! committee announced today that the 2014 Red, White & Boom, scheduled for Thursday, July 3, has been cancelled.

    “One of the spectacular things about Red, White & Boom! is our ability to put on a top-notch fireworks show over the Mississippi River,” says Kyle Carter, Executive Director, Downtown Davenport Partnership. “In this case however, due to flooding, we’re not able to produce a quality show that would meet the expectations of our community.”

    Although preliminary approval was given to shoot the fireworks from Centennial Bridge, the organization was later notified by its fireworks vendor that it could not safely set up the show from the bridge due to its size and caliber.

    “Safety, flooding, and quality were our primary concerns in making this decision,” said Carter. “The committee will be considering our future options.”

  • June
    19th

    Hotel Blackhawk welcomes 2 new businesses

    QC Times- Two new businesses in the The Hotel Blackhawk, 200 E. 3rd St., Davenport, were christened Tuesday afternoon during a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

    The Spa at Hotel Blackhawk and Relish Gifts at Hotel Blackhawk officially opened.

    The Spa features massages, facials, body treatments and a barbershop. Relish Gifts offers a variety of unique gifts, wines, food, and more.

    Read more here…

  • June
    19th

    Rotary pavilion becomes part of river’s history

    QC Times- ”Intersection” was a term used by more than one speaker from the Davenport Rotary Club as the Centennial Pavilion was dedicated Monday afternoon in the city’s new River Heritage Park.

    An intersection in history, an intersection of activities and an intersection between the services of Rotary International and the city of Davenport are represented by the pavilion, which enjoys a stately, elevated setting on the park grounds.

    Read more here…

  • June
    19th

    Paving the Way for Scott County Family Y’s new Early Learning Center

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  • June
    16th

    Hotel Blackhawk Adds to Downtown Neighborhood

    The Quad Cities’ hip & historic Hotel Blackhawk announces the addition of two new amenities to downtown Davenport. The Spa at Hotel Blackhawk and Relish Gifts at Hotel Blackhawk will be unveiled at tomorrow’s grand opening ceremonies. Both facilities are located along the East Third Street entrance to Hotel Blackhawk and may be accessed via the street or lobby.

    Grand opening ceremonies for both establishments will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 17th, 2014. A brief ceremony featuring Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba, Amy and Amrit Gill of Restoration St. Louis, and other civic officials will be held in the lobby of Hotel Blackhawk. Members of the media are invited to attend the festivities, including a reception immediately following.

    “Ever since we opened Hotel Blackhawk, we’ve been committed to adding new amenities not only to serve our guests but the general public,” commented Amy and Amrit Gill.

    For questions or additional information, please contact Deanna Jensen, Director of Sales & Marketing for Hotel Blackhawk: agm@hotelblackhawk.com or 563/528-9258.

    Restoration St. Louis, Inc. is a full service real estate development corporation specializing in the rehabilitation of architecturally significant properties, many of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Company completed a $46 million renovation of Hotel Blackhawk in 2010, which has served as a significant development catalyst in downtown Davenport, IA. RSL recently announced plans for City Square, a mixed use development utilizing the historic Parker and Putnam buildings. For additional information, please visit restorationstl.com or hotelblackhawk.com.

  • June
    16th

    Crowds enjoy Juneteenth activities

    Quad-City Times- Food, family and fun filled up Davenport’s LeClaire Park Saturday as roughly 2,000 people enjoyed the beautiful weather and the festivities at the annual Juneteenth Festival.

    The event, held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., featured music, dancing, a classic car show, kids’ activities, a peach cobbler contest, a history tent, vendors, a youth showcase, a plethora of food options and more. It was the culminating activity in a weeklong slate of events held at local schools, churches and parks, celebrating a diversity of cultures.

    Read more here…

  • June
    16th

    Quad-City dads enjoy indoor, outdoor Father’s Day fun

    Quad-City Times- Quad-City fathers rode bikes, played ball, took in art and learned about their heritage along with their families Sunday afternoon.

    Within a quarter-mile radius in downtown Davenport, dads of different generations joined their children and grandchildren in outings that brought families together, both indoors and outdoors.

    Read more here…