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What's happening this weekend in the City of Davenport! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Davenport Parks & Recreation   
Friday, 16 November 2012 15:14

Our gift certificates make the perfect holiday gift!

We understand the challenge of finding a unique and thoughtful gift.
Consider Davenport Parks and Recreation and Davenport Public Golf Course Gift  Certificates
for the Holiday season!
Our gift certificates are good for golf, camps, classes, family activities and more!

Don't Miss Out!

Winter Session Soccer League Registration is NOW OPEN!
Winter Session begins
January 6th, 2013.

Public skating at the River's Edge

Friday, November 16th

* 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Saturday, November 17th

* 3:30pm-5:30pm (Turkey Bowling)
Sunday, November 18th

* 4:30pm - 6:15pm
Turkey Bowling:
Saturday, November 17 (3:30-5:30pm)
Join us for a night of public skate and Turkey Bowling on the ice at the River's
Prizes awarded to bowlers! (Standard public session rates apply---Bowling is an
additional $2).

Please Note!
The Family Friday Night scheduled for November 16th at Red Hawk is cancelled.

Holiday Closing Reminder:
The River's Edge and all Parks and Recreation Administration Offices
will be closed on November 22nd in observance of the holiday.
We wish you and your family a happy Thanksgiving!


Black Friday Fun at the River's Edge

River's Edge is open on Friday, 23rd
Public Skate  Offerings:

* 11:00am - 1:00pm
* 2:00pm - 4:00pm
* 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Black Friday School Out Day:

Need a chance to shop for some holiday surprises? The River's Edge is hosting a
school-out day on November 23rd-- perfect for working parents (or parents who just
want to get some shopping done), our school out days consist of fun activities,
field trips, friendship and a structured, safe environment. Call (563) 328-7275
to sign up.  $20/Day.

Register now for the High School Shootout!

Unique Martial Arts Experience for Local Students PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brittany Marietta   
Friday, 16 November 2012 09:35

Unique class, unique instructor, unique experience - oh, my!  See attached flyer for photos and details.


For photo opportunities and/or to interview Dominic Velando and students, contact Brittany Marietta at (563) 359-1366 ext. 308 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it '; document.write( '' ); document.write( addy_text45010 ); document.write( '<\/a>' ); //--> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


What: Martial Arts Class at Rivermont Collegiate

Who: Instructor Dominic Velando, Students 3rd- 4th Grade

When: Tuesdays & Wednesdays, Nov. 7th - Dec. 19th - 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Dominic Velando:

· Teaching experience in Karate, Boxing, Muay Thai (kickboxing), Wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Arnis (sword fighting)

· Brown Belt in Karate

· Third Degree Black Belt in Arnis (sword fighting)


Class touches on Karate, Boxing, Muay Thai, Wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Arnis (sword fighting), but with a focus on sword fighting.  Students’ swords are made of flexible PVC pipe with a soft, foam insulation cover - similar to Star Wars light sabers!

Indoor Golf Range at River's Edge is now open PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Davenport Parks and Recreation   
Tuesday, 06 November 2012 10:42

Try it out on Monday!

Just in time for colder weather, our indoor golf range at the River's Edge is now
open. Keep in shape by practicing your swing all winter long! A large bucket of
balls is only $5, a small bucket is only $3. Hours are generally:

Monday through Friday

7:30am - 3:30pm

Sorry, due to soccer games, the range in NOT open on weekends.

The golf range will close early on School Out days. The hours will be 7:30am - 11:30am
on those days. The following dates in November will be effected:

November 6, 12, 21

7:30am - 11:30am

Check our turf schedule online (click here [])
for any closures in the coming months, orcall our Front Desk at 563-328-PARK to
confirm opening and closing times for the day.


Time to load your Player Card for next spring with a 20% bonus special!

Our re-loadable Player Card, which can be used for green fees and cart fees, has
been popular for it's 10% bonus. Load the card in multiples of $100, and get an
extra 10%.  But now, through November 15, 2012, get 20% added to your Player Card
instead of 10%! What a great way to be ready for golf next spring!

Just come down to the Parks and Recreation office at the River's Edge to buy your
Player Card or to re-load your existing one. River's Edge is open 6am - 10pm, 7
days a week for your convenience. So it's worth coming down to get a 20% bonus of
golf in Davenport.


Red Hawk Lodge is the perfect place for a holiday or football party!

This beautiful remodeled space has multiple TV's, a kitchen, and seating for 80
people. Set up can be customized for renter. The space is also great for that football
party or holiday party that you've wanted to book, but couldn't find a place with
a great price.  Well, Red Lodge is the place you've been looking for!

Rental rate is $150 for 4 hours; $20 each additional hour.

There is also a $150 refundable damage deposit.

An additional room can be added for larger parties for only an extra $50.

Available beginning November 12, 2012 through March 31, 2013.

To check availability and to book, come to the Parks and Recreation office at the
River's Edge, 700 W River Drive. We're open 6am to 10pm every day of the week for
your convenience!


Golf Phone numbers:
Emeis Golf Course: 563-326-7825
Duck Creek Golf Course: 563-326-7824
Red Hawk Golf & Learning Center: 563-386-0348 []

News Releases - Sports & Recreation
Written by Joe Opager   
Monday, 29 October 2012 13:53
Wisconsin’s Erdmann Leads Co-Anglers
DAVENPORT, Iowa (Oct. 25, 2012) – Forty-two of the top walleye pros in the world began their four-day competition for a top cash award of $100,000, the richest prize in walleye fishing, at the National Guard FLW Walleye Championship on the Mississippi River on Thursday.
National Guard FLW Walleye Tour pro Danny Plautz of Madison, Wis., and co-angler Anthony Erdmann of Watertown, Wis., weighed in the day’s only five-walleye limit at 8 pounds, 14 ounces to jump to the top of the day one leader boards in their respective divisions. The duo now holds a slim 1-pound, 13-ounce lead over pro Ted Takasaki of Sioux Falls, S.D., and co-angler Tom Wiehoff of Pierre, S.D., who caught three walleye weighing 7-1.
“I had one spot where I caught my fish today,” said Plautz, who already has two top-10 tournament finishes in the 2012 season. “I stuck it out all day long and was lucky to pull out five fish. It’s an area that I found on my first day of practice. I caught a couple of fish and left it, and hadn’t been back since.”
While most tournament competitors decided to make the long run through the locking systems to fish in pool 14, known for having a better walleye population, Plautz decided to look for areas closer to the takeoff marina to maximize his fishing time.
“I’m staying in pool 16,” said Plautz. “The area that I’m fishing is pretty big, but I’ve really keyed in on one little spot that is paying off for me. There are a couple of other boats in the area, but they don’t really bother me. I’ve got the right baits.
“I’m casting crankbaits, but the specifics definitely mattered,” Plautz continued. “I don’t want to discuss what types or colors I’m using, but I will say I’m fishing shallow. And the current is definitely playing a role in how I’m catching my fish.
“I’m one of the first boats to launch tomorrow, so I’m confident that I can get back to my area first,” Plautz said. “I knew that I would catch a couple of fish out of there today, but I really didn’t expect to catch a limit. I know there’s still fish in the area, though, and I’ll be happy if I can get a couple of more fish tomorrow. I’m just going to fish hard the next couple of days and do the best that I can.”
The top 10 pros and co-anglers after day one on the Mississippi River are:
1st:     Danny Plautz, Madison, Wis., and Anthony Erdmann, Watertown, Wis., five walleyes, 8-14
2nd:    Ted Takasaki, Sioux Falls, S.D., and Tom Wiehoff, Pierre, S.D., three walleyes, 7-1
3rd:     Kevin McQuoid, Isle, Minn., and Col. Scott St. Sauver, Little Falls, Minn., four walleyes, 6-5
4th:     Gary Parsons, Glidden, Wis., and Dale Janota, Gillette, Wyo., three walleyes, 5-7
4th:     Chevy pro Jason Przekurat, Stevens Point, Wis., and Randy Hummel, Jackson, Minn, two walleyes, 5-7
6th:     Dusty Minke, Forest Lake, Minn., and Tyrone Larson, Amherst, Wis., three walleyes, 5-0
7th:     Todd Zemke, Red Wing, Minn., and Chris Augustyn, Holdredge, Mich., two walleyes, 4-6
8th:     Ryan Jirik, Rhinelander, Wis., and MSG. Leroy McCoy, Fridley, Minn., three walleyes, 4-3
9th:     Eric Olson, Red Wing, Minn., and Steve Beasley, Macomb, Mich., two walleyes, 4-2
10th:   National Guard pro Mark Courts, Harris, Minn., and Bruce Frevert, Centerville, Iowa, two walleyes, 3-11
For a full list of results visit
Overall there were 54 walleyes weighing 101 pounds, 2 ounces caught by 42 boats Thursday. Plautz and Erdmann had the only five-walleye limit of the day.
Anglers will take off from the Centennial Park Launch located at 315 S. Marquette St. in Davenport, Iowa at 7:30 a.m. each morning. Weigh-ins will be held at the River Center located at 136 E. 3rd St. in Davenport beginning at 4 p.m. daily.
In celebration of the festivities, Davenport, Iowa, mayor Bill Gluba and the Davenport City Council proclaimed the week of October 22-28 as FLW National Guard Walleye Championship Week.
The NPAA will be offering a free Youth and Family Fishing Clinic on Friday after the weigh-in beginning at 7 p.m. Prizes, including rods & reels, will be given away after the clinic. Fans will also be treated to the FLW Expo at the River Center on Saturday and Sunday from noon-4 p.m. prior to the weigh-ins. The Expo includes Ranger boat simulators, the opportunity to interact with professional anglers, enjoy interactive games, activities and giveaways provided by sponsors, and fans can learn more about the sport of fishing and other outdoor activities. All activities are free and open to the public. On Sunday the first 300 children 14 and under who are accompanied by an adult will receive a free rod and reel combo courtesy of the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau/Quad Cities Sports Commission. Also on Sunday one lucky fishing fan will win a $500 Walmart gift card. The gift card giveaway is free to enter but the winner must be present at the conclusion of Sunday’s final weigh-in to win.
Coverage of the National Guard FLW Walleye Tour Championship will be broadcast in high-definition (HD) on NBC Sports Network when “FLW” airs Dec. 2 from 1-2 p.m. ET. “FLW” is hosted by Chip Leer and is broadcast to more than 559 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world.
For complete details and updated information visit For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter at
FLW is the industry’s premier tournament-fishing organization, providing unparalleled fishing resources and entertainment to our sponsors, fans and host communities. FLW is offering anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money nationwide in 2012 over the course of 191 tournaments across five tournament circuits, each providing an avenue to the sport’s richest payday and most coveted championship trophy – the Forrest Wood Cup. FLW is committed to providing a lifestyle experience that is the “Best in Fishing, On and Off the Water,” through a variety of platforms including tournaments, outdoor expos and the world’s richest fantasy sports game – FLW Fantasy Fishing. For more information about FLW and FLW Fantasy Fishing, visit or and look for FLW on Twitter and Facebook.

US Forest Service waives fees during Veterans Day weekend PDF Print E-mail
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Written by USDA Office of Communications   
Tuesday, 23 October 2012 13:09

WASHINGTON, Oct. 23, 2012 -- The U.S. Forest Service is waiving fees at most of its day-use recreation sites over the Veterans Day holiday weekend, Nov. 10-12.

The fee waivers – the fourth this year -- are offered in cooperation with other federal agencies under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act. Day-use fees will be waived at all standard amenity fee sites operated by the Forest Service. Concessionaire operated day-use sites may be included in the waiver if the permit holder wishes to participate.

"This is our way of saying thanks to the brave men and women – past and present – who put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe at home," said U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. "We encourage veterans, their families and all visitors to take time out over the holiday weekend to enjoy the benefits that nature provides at forests and grasslands throughout the country."

The fee waiver days support the goals of President Obama's America's Great Outdoors initiative and First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move Outside."

Traditionally, fees are not charged on 98 percent of national forests and grasslands, and approximately two-thirds of developed recreation sites in national forests and grasslands can be used for free. Many recreation opportunities such as camping, sightseeing and hiking can be enjoyed throughout the year at no cost.

The Forest Service operates approximately 17,000 developed recreation sites nationwide. Of those, approximately 6,000 require recreation fees, which are used to provide visitor services, repairs and replacements, and facilities maintenance.

The mission of the Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Forest Service lands contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation's clean water supply, a value estimated at $27 billion per year.

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