Davenport Parks and Recreation Newsletter August 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 31 July 2012 12:20
New Fall / Winter Catalog


Our new Fall / Winter catalog will be available on Friday, August 10.  
Pick up a copy at the River's Edge, 700 W River Drive in downtown Davenport.
Additional catalogs will be distributed at other parks locations and at Davenport schools sometime in August.

Fall Winter 2012 Catalog Cover
The catalog will also be available online on August 9.
Fall session starts on September 10.
City of Davenport Night at
Modern Woodmen Park
Friday, August 24

Join your fellow citizens for a free night at the ballpark!

Free tickets are for bleacher/berm seats.  Box seat upgrades available at the box office for as little as $3 per ticket. Voucher may be presented at the main entry gate for admission.  Come to River's Edge to pick up your voucher today!



Featured Event
Back to School the fun way!back to school 2012 fiesta

Join us for a FREE Family Fiesta-celebrating a fantastic summer and starting off the new school year right!  Come join the fun by bringing your whole family to the 5th Annual Back 2 School Bash at the beautiful Prairie Heights Park!  This fun family event has games, sports, crafts, activities, bingo, dunk tank, pinatas and more with prizes of back to school supplies!

Friday, August 10th , 3-7pm
Prairie Heights Park, 5600 Eastern Avenue


At the River's Edge
Summer Olympics showing August 1 - 12
on the River's Edge Turf

Join us at the Rivers Edge for FREE viewings of the 2012 Summer Olympics. You will have the pleasure of watching the events in our Indoor Turf Arena on the GIANT 60 foot screen!!! Bring a blanket, chairs or whatever makes you comfortable and we will supply the rest!

Showings will be played on open days/nights on the turf. The River's Edge is open from 8am - 8 pm, 7 days a week.  The Olympics will be shown whenever the turf is not in use by other events.  Check the turf schedule on our website.
At Junior Theater

We did it! We raised over $10,000 to buy our new curtains! Now all we need is our students and friends to join us for a celebration! We will unveil our 61st season, have a prize drawing for theatre & dance classes, have ice cream and more.  It is going to be a blast!


@ 7:00pm

Davenport Junior Theatre

2822 Eastern Avenue



Family Friday Nights
Fun for the whole family!

Family Friday Nights continue throughout the year!  Join us each Friday for our great Family Friday Night series.  Each Friday you will receive two slices of pizza, lemonade and whatever great activity is planned!

Click here to register in advance for $2.50/person.
Pay at the event for $4/person. 
Maximum of $10 per family.  Kids under 3 are FREE!

1st Friday of each month are Nature Friday Nights

2nd Friday of each month are Family Movie Nights at Davenport Junior Theatre

3rd Friday of each month you can enjoy golf and a movie at Red Hawk

4th Friday of each month you can enjoy gym games, board games, computer time and fun at the Roosevelt Community Center.


At the Pool
Doggie Dip

Join us for our 9th Annual Doggie Dip

Friday, August 10th 6-7:30pm
Fejervary Family Aquatic Center.

Dogs of all ages, shapes, and sizes are invited to enjoy a refreshing swim in the pool after it has closed for the season.  Owners must show proof of current shots and keep dogs leashed if they are not in the water. 
Cost $3/dog, People FREE!


Pool closing dates for the season:

Annie Wittenmyer - Sunday, August 12

Fejervary - Friday, August 10

Dohse - Sunday, August 5


Nature Galore!
We offer an amazing array of nature programs!  
Just look below:

Full Moon Nature Hike

Bring the whole family to explore Sunderbruch Park's trails during a full moon. Search for owls and other nocturnal animals. While we wait for darkness to set in we will enjoy a campfire with smores and sharing stories around the fire.

Thursday, August 2, 8pm - 10pm, $1, Sunderbruch Park

Click here to register online for $1/person or pay the day of the program for $2/ person.  


Take a shot at Bow Fishing

This free class at Nahant Marsh Education Center will involve one hour of class room instruction on the techniques of bow fishing, places, and best time of the year to fish. It will also include information on the equipment such as were to obtain it, as well as how it works. After the class room instruction there will be a demonstration in the marsh using under water targets at different depths. Followed by a question answer session at the end of the class.

Click here for more information and to register

Thursday, August 2, 6pm - 7:30pm, Nahant Marsh


Fishscale Girl: The Amazon vs. Great Mississippi
fishscale girl 3

Join Fishscale Girl and explore the difference between the Amazon River and the Great Mississippi River. Fishscale Girl tells of her origin and how she came to be. The program will have interactive activities about both rivers and how we can protect both. Come to the Vander Veer conservatory on August 4th at 10am. Come join the fun for a $2 fee. Click here to register!


Archery Camp

Experience the challenging sport of archery. This camp is designed to teach safety techniques and basic fundamentals of archery. Learn the history of archery and how this sport is used today.  Hands-on activities will allow children to develop their skills. Equipment is provided.

Click here to register.

August 6-10; 9am-11am, $60, Duck Creek Park Lower end of park.


Kindernature - 1 Fish, 2 Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

Learn about the fish of our area with hands-on activities and actually go fishing in the Vander Veer lagoon. This fun and creative program will teach about how fish swim and live underwater.

Kindernature is a nature program for young children ages 3 to 5 which enriches awareness and appreciation for nature. Each class focuses on an environmental theme includes a story, hands-on activity, craft and themed snack. Class fee is $6 per child. An adult must accompany the child. Registration is required and class size is limited to 20 children. Each class begins at 10am in the Vander Veer Conservatory.

Click here to register

August 7, 10am - 11am, $6, Vander Veer Botanical Park


Kindernature - Buzzing with Excitement Bee

Bee here to find out the mystery of why bees are disappearing, and why they are so important to our lives. Answer questions like how do they make honey and why do they sting?

Kindernature is a nature program for young children ages 3 to 5 which enriches awareness and appreciation for nature. Each class focuses on an environmental theme includes a story, hands-on activity, craft and themed snack. Class fee is $6 per child. An adult must accompany the child. Registration is required and class size is limited to 20 children. Each class begins at 10am in the Vander Veer Conservatory.

Click here to register

August 14, 10am, Vander Veer Botanical Center

Toddling on the Wild Side!

Come experience Fejervary Learning Center's toddling nature program and bring your 18-24 month old child to experience hands-on nature explorations. Programs start at 10am and will last for 45 minutes. For only $2, children will discover programs like natures many beautiful animals, reptiles, insects, plants and how weather impacts our amazing creatures. The program will be offered at Fejervary 1780 West 12th Street, Davenport, IA 52804 and will meet by Mother Goose on Thursdays starting June 7th through August 9th.

Wild walks in the park

Take some time out this summer to enjoy a guided walk through Duck Creek Park at 10 am and 1pm at Vander Veer. Each week will explore nature from different angles. These walks are for children ages 5-12.  Wild Walks are free to the public and each will have a fun and educational component. Walks will be every Monday starting June 4th and ending August 6th.

Bettendorf Parks and Recreation   

Davenport Parks and Recreation is now partnering with Bettendorf Bettendorf Parks and Recreation
Parks and Recreation to offer you even more!


The Bettendorf Life Fitness Center welcomes all QCA residents!  If you're looking for a new fitness/recreation facility, then check out the Life Fitness Center!  We're only minutes away from east Davenport.

Amenities include: indoor lap pool, indoor tennis courts, 1/8 mile track, free weights, Cybex strength machines, cardio room, 3 basketball courts, saunas, fitness classes, personal training, FiT Zone featuring TRX, and massage therapy.


2222 Middle Road, Bettendorf





Bettendorf Parks & Recreation's Life Fitness Center has an intense functional fitness workout for you weekend warriors!  Break from the traditional cardio/weight machine monotony and see yourself training like the athlete you are!  TRX Resolution Circuit class uses specialty equipment like TRX, kettlebells, BOSU balls, battling ropes, agility ladders & hurdles, and medicine balls to give you a killer workout that you actually enjoy.

Classes are held Tues. and Thurs. at 6:00am and 5:45pm, and Sat. 7:45am.  5-week sessions begin Aug. 14th and Sept. 18th.  Cost per session is $35 for one class/week, $55 for 2 classes/week, and $75 for 3 classes/week (discount for LFC members).

For info go to www.lifefitnesscenter.org and click on "classes"; call 563-344-4119 for registration.  Classes held indoors/outdoors at Life Fitness Center, 2222 Middle Road in Bettendorf.


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