Davenport Public Golf Courses will provide free green fees to anyone with a military ID from May 12 - 19, 2012, as a kickoff for Military Appreciation Week in the Quad Cities.  The free green fees apply to the three public courses in Davenport - Emeis, Duck  Creek, and Red Hawk.

"It's our way of honoring the service men and women of our country," said Troy Evans, Superintendent of Revenue Facilities for Davenport Parks and Recreation.  "We hope that the military members of the Quad Cities take full advantage of our three great golf courses".

Military Appreciation Week began in 2008 and is a Quad City wide event created to salute our military personnel and show community support for the military installations in the area. Anyone interested in taking advantage of this golf special should book tee times and bring their military ID to the following Davenport Public Courses:

Davenport, Iowa, May 2, 2012 - Anyone using a park in Davenport is now likely to see some new members of the team at Davenport Parks and Recreation. Called Parks Ambassadors, these full-time seasonal employees have begun driving around the parks and other facilities in Davenport to help patrons of the parks systems and to ensure that everyone is being courteous and sensible when using city parks.

The program was started earlier this year, and will soon boast 3 full time seasonal employees who will be out and about from 8am to midnight every day of the week. "Many other communities around the country use an Ambassador Program, and it has been very successful," according to Seve Ghose, Director of Davenport Parks and Recreation. Ghose got the idea from other Parks Departments he has been associated with.

One of the new Parks Ambassadors, Mike, has thoroughly been enjoying his time out in the field. "People are getting used to me and recognize me immediately in my marked vehicle," he said recently. Mike, like the other parks ambassadors, frequently visits Davenport's recreational trails, softball diamonds, skate parks, and the dog off leash area in the city. The Parks Ambassadors are not a private police force for the Parks and Recreation Department, but they do occasionally remind patrons of city ordinances and ask politely for compliance. "Most people are more than happy to comply," says Mike.

Davenport, Iowa, May 2, 2012 - This Sunday, May 6 over 200 volunteers will hit selected parks in Davenport to paint, mulch, clean, and pick up trash. The volunteers are from Bettendorf Christian Church and their volunteer effort is called the "Love Project". Church members of all ages will be out from approximately 9:30am - 2:30pm to work on projects at Credit Island, Garfield Park and Marquette Park in Davenport. The volunteers will provide about 1,000 man hours in donated labor to Davenport Parks and Recreation.

Members of the church will forgo their regular service on Sunday morning for this annual volunteer project. "Church leaders contacted Davenport Parks and Recreation and asked if they could help out this year," according to Ken Asta, Experience Manager for the department. Church members see the "Love Project" as a way for the church to give service to the Quad City community.

Davenport Parks and Recreation is always looking for other agencies or groups to volunteer for projects. Anyone interested in volunteering should call Ken Asta at 563-326-7859, or email kasta@ci.davenport.ia.us.

April 26, 6pm - 8pm, at the River's Edge

Davenport Parks and Recreation is in the process of updating their Strategic Plan for 2020. The Strategic Plan 2020 summarizes key areas of the Parks and Recreation Department and the related measurements and benchmarks that will help it realize the expectations of the community.

Davenport, Iowa, January 9, 2011 - A new feature for Davenport golfers, Player Cards, are now available for sale starting today. Cards are for sale at The Rivers Edge, 700 West River Dr in downtown Davenport. The River's Edge is open from 6am to 10pm, Monday through Sunday. Player Cards are re-loadable cards for use of Green Fees, Cart Fees, and Range Fees and are valid on all 3 public courses in the city Emeis, Duck Creek, and Red Hawk Golf & Learning Center.

Cards purchased through Feb 28th 2012 will include a 10% bonus on the card, compliments of Davenport Golf. For example, a Player Card purchased for $200 will have $220 of value on the card.

Player Cards will not include concession and Pro-shop merchandise purchases and Player Cards will require a $100/minimum transaction.

Further details regarding the Player Cards are available by calling the River's Edge at 328-7275, or by visiting www.golfdavenport.com. At this time, Player Cards are only available for sale in person at the River's Edge.

"The Player Card is part of our efforts to offer more to our golf customer," according to Troy Evans, Superintendent of Revenue Facilities. "The indoor golf range we opened at River's Edge last month has been a tremendous hit, and we believe our customers will see a great value in the Player Cards as well."

Duck Creek Golf course remains open this winter unless snow covers the course or temperatures impair play on the greens.

Looking for some family fun on Sunday?

Davenport Parks and Recreation Winter Celebration Sunday, January 8
WINTER CELEBRATION at CENTENNIAL PARK and The River's Edge:  A FREE event! January 8th 2pm-4pm.
Chills and thrills are what you will find at this fun filled family event.  Put on your coats and mittens and come join us for some inside/outside winter fun.  We will have snow sports (weather permitting), hot chocolate, and activities for kids.  Outdoors at Centennial Park will be winter trucks displays, snowshoeing, disc golf baskets, eagle watching and Snowstar information.  Inside at The River's Edge will be face painting, snowflake making, photos, arts and crafts and Silver Skates (registration and fee required).



Look this month for the  Davenport Parks and Recreation Winter Session to begin January 9th as well as 2012 Davenport Summer Kids Passes ($50.00) that are now on sale.  Please check our website for all classes, all school out days, workshops on performing arts, sports leagues, life-long learning enrichment, Japanese, crafts, arts, tumbling, martial arts, adaptive and inclusive programs and more!  For all events go online www.cityofdavenportiowa.com/parks to register or call 328-PARK (7275) for more information.


  • Join us for Bald Eagle Days at the Quad City Expo Center: January 6-8th, Friday- 4pm-8pm, Saturday - 10am-8pm, Sunday - 10am-5pm. 

  • Junior Theatre Special Workshop: Friday, January 6th "Red Nose Clown" 5:30pm-8:30pm, for ages 10-18. $20.00 for the workshop.

  • WINTER CELEBRATION at CENTENNIAL PARK and The River's Edge: January 8th 2pm-4pm.  Chills and thrills are what you will find at this fun filled family event.  Put on your coats and mittens and come join us for some inside/outside winter fun.  We will have snow sports (weather permitting), hot chocolate, and activities for kids.  Outdoors at Centennial Park will be winter trucks displays, snowshoeing, disc golf baskets, eagle watching and Snowstar information.  Inside at The River's Edge will be face painting, snowflake making, photos, arts and crafts and Silver Skates (registration and fee required).
  • January 9th-WINTER SESSION CLASSES BEGIN! Please go online to see all the classes and programs offered.  Over 500 classes to choose from!  Classes range from wellness to performing arts, lifelong learning to sports leagues.  We have something for all ages and abilities! 

  • Indoor Park-for Preschoolers and Toddlers at The River's Edge.  Monday-Thursday 9am-11am.  Drop in fee of $5.00/day or $40.00 for 10 punches, $60.00 unlimited.  Must have parent with child/children at all times.  Space is available for your little one to come run around, play with jump ropes, hula hoops, parachutes, slides and more.  When you're getting stir crazy inside your house-come let your little ones have indoor recess!

  • Lifelong Learning Clinic: Children and the Internet:  January 25th, fee $10.00, 6:30pm-8pm at Kimberly Center Library.  Register online. 

  • February Reminders:
    • Wendy's CHILI GOLF OPEN-Saturday, February 4th Tee times 8am-1:30pm.  Fee $15.00 per golfer or $60.00 for a team.  Located at Credit Island.  Come play some winter golf, and warm up with delicious Wendy's Chili.  Concessions with beverages available all day.  Canned food taken for the food pantry.  

    • Daddy Daughter Dance - Sunday, February 19th, 5:30pm-8:00pm at the River Center Mississippi Ballroom.  This event fills very fast.  You must preregister-no registrations taken at door.  Please go online or call 328-PARK (7275).  Cost: $40.00 per couple, $20.00 for each additional daughter.



RIVER'S EDGE- Located at 700 W. River Drive (Across from Modern Woodmen Park)

  • Public Skating:  Visit website for current schedule for all public skate sessions - www.cityofdavenportiowa.com/parks  

  • Learn To Skate:  Ice skating is a fun and enjoyable recreational activity for people of all ages!  Learn how to skate through the US Figure Skating Association's "Learn To Skate" program at The River's Edge.   Classes meet for 7 weeks. Each session runs for 45 minutes. 
    • Open House, learn all about the program and meet the instructors.  Date:  Thursday, December 29th from 6:00pm - 7:00pm at The River's Edge.
    • Winter Session:  January 5 - February 18, 2012
    • Early Spring Session:  February 23 - April 21, 2012
      (No class the weeks of March 11 and April 1.) 
      • Days/Times: Thursdays from 5:15pm - 6:00pm or 6:00pm - 6:45pm Saturdays from 8:00am - 8:45am or 8:45am - 9:30am
      • Fee:  $92/person (includes annual US Figure Skating Association membership)
      • Skates are provided.
  • First Shot:  Next session begins January 5th Learn to play hockey for adults! Ten - 1 hour long classes Thursdays at 9:30pm.  $170/player. 

  • Adult C/D Hockey League:  Winter session begins January 8th.  Adult league for "C" and "D" level players.  Sunday Nights at the River's Edge.  $200/player, $150 for goalies. Individual or team registrations welcome.

  • Winter Celebration- FREE!:  Date: January 8th from 2pm-4pm.  Chill's and thrills are what you will find at Centennial Park and Rivers Edge!  Admission: Free*, Events at River's Edge include : Silver Skates (*Fee and Preregistration required), Face Painting, Snowflake Princess Photos, and Arts and Crafts.

  • Jamm'in At The Edge! - Especially For Teens!   Date: January 21st from 9pm- 11pm 
    Come on out and skate while you enjoy live local bands and DJ's. All ages welcome!  Admission:  $10/Person, $3/Skate Rental


indoor golf



Visit www.golfdavenport.com for all the latest features and specials at Davenport Golf Courses.

  • Indoor Golf Practice Range, NOW OPEN at The Rivers' Edge, 700 West River Drive. Call 328-PARK (7275) or click www.golfdavenport.com for daily schedule and availability.  

  • Golf Gift Certificates - The perfect gift for the golf enthusiast in your family!  Purchase at any Davenport public golf course or at the River's Edge.  Available in any denomination in multiples of $5.

  • Duck Creek Golf Course will remain OPEN as weather permits through the winter season. Call proshop 326-7824 for daily conditions.

  • Red Hawk Lodge - This clubhouse gathering and meeting space is now available for rental for your holiday parties!.  Call 563-328-PARK (7275) for availability and prices.
Call Your Davenport Golf Professional for Fall/Winter specials on merchandise an apparel. Ron Thrapp (Emeis Golf) 326-7825, Matt Hasley (Duck Creek Golf) 326-7824.

Davenport, Iowa, December 21, 2011 - An indoor golf driving range will open to the public at 7am on Monday, December 26 at the River's Edge, 700 W River Drive in downtown Davenport. The indoor golf facility will offer an option for golfers to practice their swing indoors throughout the winter. With the loss of the indoor golf dome on Brady Street earlier this year, the River's Edge will now fill that gap by offering the only public indoor golf facility on the Iowa side of the Quad Cities.

Golfers may purchase 35 balls for $3 or 70 balls for $5. The indoor golf range will be available from 7am - 3pm on weekdays only. There will be 9 stations available. "We've already seen tremendous interest and excitement for this new indoor range," according to Troy Evans, Superintendent of Revenue Facilities. "We're pleased that the River's Edge can fill this gap for golfers in the area."

Davenport. Iowa, November 7, 2011 -The new Fejervary Learning Center will have an open house on November 15, 2011 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The public is invited to attend. Fejervary Park is located at 1759 W 12th Street.

On display at the Learning center will be a show area of the 50 state trees. Tree saplings will be given away at the event as supplies last. The Davenport Public Library will also present a story time for children at 3:30 pm and again at 4:15 pm. There will also be an adaptive gardening seminar, and advice in preparing beds for winter. Visitors can also see designs for the natural playground and tree deck, and Juan Diaz Rancheros will discuss their program and give visitors an opportunity to pet a horse. Juan Diez Rancheros, which provides therapy through horses for students from schools across Davenport, has been a part of Fejervary Park for several years.

Fejervary Learning Center is ongoing project to rejuvenate the facilities at Fejervary Park. After the zoo at Fejervary Park closed, Parks and Recreation created a five year plan that included created a children's center focused on environmental education. This open house will showcase progress to date on the Learning Center.

"This facility will provide a great exposure to nature for children," said Greg Wolf, environmental education supervisor for Parks and Recreation.

What :  Fejervary Learning Center Open House

When:  November 15, 2011, 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Where:  Fejervary Park, 1759 W 12th Street, Davenport IA