Davenport Parks and Recreation and the QCA Adaptive Sports Association will hold an Adaptive Sports Expo on Saturday, May 7 from 6 - 8pm at the Life Fitness Center, 2222 Middle Road, Bettendorf. The Public is invited to attend the expo, which will highlight the many ways people with disabilities can be active participants in recreational activities and sporting events. Prior experience is not required to participate in the Expo.

The Expo will feature activities such as water-skiing, kayaking, sled hockey, aquatics, wheelchair basketball, tandem biking, tennis and seated volleyball. Demonstrations by professionally trained facilitators and athletes with disabilities will also take place. There will
also be informational exhibits and vendors.

Davenport Parks and Recreation offers a wide variety of activities for people with disabilities under its Adaptive and Inclusive Programs. More information about Adaptive and Inclusive programming can be found at www.cityofdavenportiowa.com/parks, or by calling Sherrie Fisher, Adaptive and Inclusive Recreational Supervisor with Davenport Parks and Recreation at 563-888-2219. The QCA Adaptive Sports Association can be reached at 563-271-8822.

What:  Adaptive Sports Expo

Where:  Life Fitness Center, 2222 Middle Road, Bettendorf

When:  Saturday, May 7, 6-8pm


May 2011 Recreation Events, for all events go online www.cityofdavenportiowa.com/parks to register or call 326-7812 for more information.  Look this month for our special Davenport Parks and Recreation Summer Camps Brochure and Davenport Kids Passes ($50.00) which are available now.  Please check our website for all classes, camps, and workshops on performing arts, sports leagues, volleyball camps and clinics, enrichment, Japanese, tumbling, martial arts, adaptive and inclusive programs and more!


  • Alice in Wonderland-Junior Theatre Spring Main stage Show:  Sat, April 30 & May 7th, 1 and 4pm, and Sun May 1st & May 8th, 2:00pm.  Cost 5.00 per ticket.  Call 326-7862 for more information.


  • Adaptive Sports Expo: Life Fitness Center-Bettendorf.  When:  Sat May 7th, 6:00-8:00pm. Cost: Free! This expo will highlight the many ways people with disabilities can be active participants in recreational activities and sporting events. Please attend and see the demonstrations by professionally trained facilitators and athletes with disabilities.


  • Garlic Mustard Challenge: Sat May 7th 9am-noon.  Call Greg Wolf to register to help at Sunderbruch Park 326-7812.  For more information visit www.extension.iastate.edu/scott


  • Kindernature: LADYBUGS! Tues May 10th-10am-11:00am Vander Veer Conservatory.  Cost 6.00. Participants will learn how ladybugs get their name and how they protect our plant world.  Come and learn about these interesting beautiful insects.


  • City of Davenport River Bandits Game (Make Up) Tues May 10th 7:00pm - come to Davenport Parks and Recreation to get your free tickets.


  • Hersey Track and Field: Sat May 14th 8:00am-noon at Brady Street Stadium, 9-14 year olds can participate in this fun FREE track and field games experience.


  • FAMILYFEST: Sat May 14th Noon-3:00pm at Centennial Park.  Walk with the Director to follow this fun FREE family event.  There will be games and activities spotlighting all the programs Davenport Parks and recreation offers to the community in the summer:  The Mobile Playground, Camps, Tumbling, Martial Arts, ZUMBA, Yoga, Soccer, Gardening, and more-rain/flood location inside River's Edge.


  • Annie Wittenmeyer Aquatic Center Opens Sat May 28th-Open Swim Hours 1:00-6:00pm Sat and Sun.



River's Edge- Located at 700 W. River Drive  (Across from Modern Woodmen Park)

  • Public Skate times: Fridays 6-8pm, Saturdays 11:45am-1:45pm and 6-8pm, and Sundays 2:30-4:30pm
  • Skating Lessons begin May 5th. Sign up today! Thursdays 5:30-6:15pm or Saturdays 10:00-10:45am or 10:45-11:30am. 7 weeks * $80 includes skate rental
  • Zumba classes every Tuesday and Thursday from 5pm to 6pm. Drop-ins are welcome. Cost is only $5 a day, and punch cards are available for multi-use packets.
  • Adult Coed Dodge ball Tournament on Saturday May 21st.
  • The Rivers Edge Turf is available for rental- We have Batting Cages, Volleyball nets, and Open Turf!!
  • The Rivers Edge "Ultimate" summer camp begins May 31st. This camp will be fun and packed with exercise, sports and teamwork!


  • A lottery will be held Wednesday May 4th, 2011 at 7pm at Red Hawk Golf & Learning Center 6364 NW Blvd, to assign available Standing Tee Times at both Emeis and Duck Creek Golf Courses for the 2011 golf season. Standing Tee Times are available on Saturdays and Sundays between 6 a.m. and 12 p.m. A list of these open tee times are available on www.golfdavenport.com. Call your favorite course for additional details.
  • A minimum of 40 tee times are held open for the general public for the entire 2011 golf season, for both Saturday and Sunday Mornings. These tee times are available for reservation 3 days in advance. A list of open public times is available on www.golfdavenport.com.
  • Duck Creek Golf Course is undergoing a stream-bank restoration project on Duck Creek waterway near the Kimberly Road Bridge. This project is being completed by the Public Works, Natural Resources Division.
  • Davenport Golf Courses will be honoring our area Military and Veterans by complimenting their green fees during Military Appreciation Week, May 13-22.
  • Golf Gift Cards - great for any occasion, are always available at Davenport golf shops, Parks and Recreation desk at Rivers Edge, and now at Vander Veer Park Store.
  • Visit www.golfdavenport.com for the 2011 Golf fees, latest updates and information.



A lottery will be held Wednesday May 4th, 2011 at 7pm at Red Hawk Golf Course, 6364 Northwest Blvd, to assign open Weekend Standing Tee Times at both Emeis and Duck Creek Golf Courses for the 2011 golf season. Standing Tee Times are available on Saturdays and Sundays between 6 a.m. and 12 pm.

The Ice Rink at River's Edge, 700 W River Drive in Davenport, is up and operational again after some maintenance work. The  maintenance work was a 3-year scheduled process, which is essential for a high quality ice experience. With the ice back in operation, the following public skate sessions have been scheduled:

Mon. April 25

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Public Skate
6:00 - 8:00 PM Public Skate

Wed. April 27

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Public Skate
6:00 - 8:00 PM Public Skate

Fri. April 29

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Public Skate
6:00 - 8:00 PM Public Skate

Sat. April 30

12:15- 2:15 PM Public Skate
6:00 - 8:00 PM Public Skate

Patrons are invited to come down and enjoy the ice during these public skate sessions.  This schedule will be posted on the Parks website at www.cityofdavenport.com/parks, or questions can be directed to the River's Edge at 563-326-7812.

Flood waters have not closed the facility. River's Edge will remain open normal business hours during the flood, 8am - 8pm, Monday - Sunday. Patrons may access the building by parking on the street in the vicinity of Western and 2nd Street, and taking the elevated walkway at Western and River Drive into the building. All scheduled activities at the River's Edge will take place throughout the flood.

Quad-Cities area boaters are getting another chance to have more fun on their boats this summer.

Two more Boating Skills & Seamanship courses, one in Davenport and one in Rock Island, beginning this month.

The Davenport course will run from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. April 26 to May 12 covering three lessons a night. The course will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Scott Community College annex above the bus station. To register for the course call the college at (309) 441-4001 and ask for course number 90696. For more information call Dave or Becky Griesbach at (563) 286-8301.

The Rock Island course will run from 7 to 9:30 p.m. April 28 to May 31 covering two lessons a night. The course will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the South Rock Island Township Hall, 1019 27th St. in Rock Island. Registration for the course will be before class the first night. For more information call Jack or Judy Tumbleson at (309) 738-0837.

The textbook for the course costs $30 and it may be shared by people taking the course together. There is no other charge for the courses.

Participants will increase their fun by learning how to avoid trailering problems, tricks on handling and anchoring their boat, how to navigate their pieces of the river and how to be safe on the water.


All April 2011 Recreation Events are now available online at www.cityofdavenportiowa.com/parks to register or call 326-7812 for more information.  Look this month for our Spring/Summer Catalog to be available and sign up for our Spring Session of classes.  Spring session begins April 4th! Please check our website for classes on performing arts, sports leagues, volleyball camps and clinics, Japanese, tumbling, martial arts, adaptive and inclusive programs and more!

  • ADULT LEAGUES for Volleyball, Softball, Kickball, Soccer and more begin in April so get registered TODAY!
  • All Skills Jr. High volleyball clinic - Begins April 6 - April 27on Wed nights: Come join the skills development clinics at Junge Park from 6:00pm-8:00pm on Wednesday evenings. Our professional instructor will teach pass/defense, attack/serving and more! Co-ed. Fee: $35 per youth.
  • Aquafina MLB Pitch, Hit and Run-Free Sat April 9th 9:00am-1:00pm at Crow Creek Park.  Davenport and Bettendorf Park Districts are partnering on this fun, free skills competition, winners move onto regional competitions events at nearby Major League ballparks.
  • Square Foot Gardening For Everyone-Sat April 9th 10:00am-11:00am at Vander Veer Stone Building.  Don't have a lot of space for gardening?  The square foot method is perfect for you. Learn how in this quick and easy class.
  • Kindernature: Earth Day-Every Day Tues April 12thth 10:00am-11:00am at Vander Veer Botanical Park Conservatory.  Cost 8.00, parent attends with child.
  • Wheelchair Tennis Clinic - April 15th 6:30-7:30pm. Join us for a wheelchair tennis clinic hosted at the Bettendorf Life Fitness Center.  Wheelchair tennis provides persons with disabilities the opportunity to share in activities with their peers and family, whether able-bodies or disabled.
  • Cream of the Crop Tour-Allen Grove's Greenhouse- Sat. April 16th 10:00am-12:00pm Farm Site.  Fee 15.00 Come visit a family owned site.  Get a jump start and enjoy first pick of fabulous annuals for containers. And the garden.
  • Spring Egg Hunt/Healthy Kids Day Sat April 16th : Egg Huntpromptly at 10am-Healthy Kids Day to follow.  Vander Veer Botanical Park (River's edge inclement weather site).  Pre-register for egg hunt only $2.00 per child- $5.00 per child day of event.  Healthy Kids Day is 10:30-2:00 Free activities after the Egg Hunt!
  • Toddler Egg Hunt Thursday, April 21st:Toddlers can plan on a good time scrambling for eggs in our indoor arena at the River's Edge.  Children 5 and under are welcome. Event takes place from 10:00am - 12:00pm with the scramble at 10:30am sharp! $5.00 per child.
  • Alice in Wonderland-Junior Theatre Spring Mainstage Show: April 30 1:00pm and 4:00pm.  Cost 5.00 per ticket.  Call 326-7862 for more information.




River's Edge- Located at 700 W. River Drive (Across from Modern Woodmen Park

  • The Ice will be melted for maintenance beginning April 3rd and rebuilt in approximately 2 weeks. It will be repainted with new center ice sponsor Mediacom.
  • Batting Cages were installed on the turf field and is now open for rental. The field will be available for rental with full field and half field options. The package will include cage usage, batting tee stations, pitching mounds and open turf space for ground balls. *Bats and balls are not supplied*.
  • Spring and Summer Adult sports leagues are open for registration now! We offer indoor and outdoor soccer, flag football and dodge ball.
  • Don't forget about Birthday Party packages where you get plenty of food and fun for everyone!





  • All Three City courses are now open for the season, as of April 1, 2011. Emeis Golf Course, Duck Creek Golf Course and Red Hawk Golf & Learning Center.
  • Duck Creek Golf Course now has a full service practice range, unveiled late last season.
  • Many landscaping and drainage renovations are planned this early spring to improve courses.
  • Kimberly Concessions will be providing concession services this season.
Red Hawk Golf & Learning Center will open for the season on Friday, April 1. Located at 6364 Northwest Boulevard in Davenport, customers can reach the golf course at 563-386-0348.

This 9-hole golf course and 3-hole practice course was formed in 2002 as a result of a partnership between the City of Davenport and the Quad Cities First Tee Program. The First Tee of the Quad Cities provides greater access to the game of golf for underprivileged and disadvantage youth in the Quad Cities. In its 8th year of operation at Red Hawk Golf & Learning Center, kids learn not only the joy of golf, but also lessons in integrity and other positive skills behavior. First Tee of the Quad Cities is a non-profit group that promotes golf and its virtues to the youth of the Quad Cities. Brant McGivern, the PGA professional at Red Hawk, is also the director of the First Tee Program.

Red Hawk is a unique, executive style golf course that offers programs for golfers of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels. The operation includes full service practice facilities and a driving range. Recent renovations include the addition of a lighted range for night practice, a large putting green and practice chipping green, and the addition of three ponds. One of the ponds along Pine Street is also now lighted. The 3-hole practice course and other training facilities make Red Hawk an ideal facility for beginners to learn the game of golf, and for more experienced players to improve their skills. Its 9-hole setup also allows for a quick game of golf for golfers of any skill level.

With the opening of Red Hawk Golf & Learning Center on April 1, all three public courses in the City of Davenport will now be open for the season. Many improvements are in place to insure a great experience; Duck Creek Golf Course recently unveiled a new Full-Service Practice Range.

• New Range-Ball Machines were purchased that will accept bills and credit cards.

• Kimberly Concessions is now operating the concession areas of all three courses.

• Various landscaping renovations are underway to improve all three courses.

"We're excited about all the improvements at our courses", said Troy Evans, Senior Revenue Facilities Manager for the City of Davenport. "Our championship course at Emeis, our classic course at Duck Creek, and our executive style course at Red Hawk offer golfers of the Quad Cities a great range of choices at the best value. More information on all City of Davenport golf courses can be found at www.golfdavenport.com.

Pointers and flushers welcome in two divisions for April 23rd event to "Reload Iowa"
Riverside, Iowa - March 22, 2011 - Calling all bird dogs and their owners! Pheasants Forever is hosting a Spring Fun Trail on Saturday, April 23rd at Highland Hideaway Hunting in Riverside, Iowa. The trial is open to pointing and flushing breeds, with all proceeds going to Pheasants Forever's Reload Iowa effort to improve wildlife habitat and carry on Iowa's upland hunting tradition.
Pheasants Forever's Spring Fun Trial will include a singles (one hunter and one dog) and doubles (two hunters and one dog) division. In the singles division, hunter and dog will have 15 minutes to score on three quail, and in the doubles division, hunters and dog will have 20 minutes to score on five quail. The event is limited to the first 50 entries, and individuals and teams may enter multiple times. Prizes will be awarded for the first place winner in each division.
"Conservation efforts have always been spearheaded by hunters," said Tom Fuller, Pheasants Forever's Regional Representative in eastern Iowa, "There's no more passionate group of hunters than bird dog owners, so it seems natural to use that passion to fuel Pheasants Forever's Reload Iowa initiative." One hundred percent of proceeds from Pheasants Forever's Spring Fun Trial will go to the Reload Iowa effort, which is Pheasants Forever's aggressive strategy for establishing and improving 1 million acres of wildlife habitat, increasing the number of upland hunters and increasing hunting-related revenue to local communities.
The singles event is $30 per run and the doubles event is $50 per run. Clay shooting (5 stand) will be available between runs for $10. Lunch will also be available. Visit Highland Hunting for directions. For more information about Pheasants Forever's Spring Fun Trial, including full rules, contact Ryan at (319) 330-6165 or Tom at (319) 828-2050 / Email Tom.
Iowa is home to 101 Pheasants Forever chapters, 3 Quail Forever chapters and more than 22,000 Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever members. For more information on "The Habitat Organization" in Iowa, visit Iowa Pheasants Forever.

Davenport and Bettendorf Parks and Recreation Departments announced today that Emeis Golf Course will open for the season on Thursday, March 17. Located at 4500 W Central Park in Davenport, 18-hole Emeis is known in the Quad Cities as a long and challenging course. The course was established in 1961, and is a popular course for play. Tee times may be reserved by calling Emeis at 563-326-7825.

"The course made it through the winter without any major issues," according to Troy Evans, Senior Revenue Facilities Manager. Evans also pointed out that most golf fees remained the same for this year, and in fact some were even reduced. Over 100,000 rounds a year are played on Davenport's three public courses - Emeis, Duck Creek and Red Hawk. The other 2 courses are slated to open sometime later this month depending on conditions.

Rock Island's Chasson Randle has been chosen as the Gatorade Illinois Boys Basketball Player of the Year, adding another honor as his team prepares to do battle in the state semi-finals in Peoria.

Randle led the Rocks to a 28-3 record this season while averaging over 22 points and 7 rebounds a game.

Last summer, Randle was part of the USA U17 National Team that won the World Title.  He will be playing at Stanford next season.

Chasson currently has a 4.0 GPA and is one of the state's top academic honorees for meeting the Gatorade criteria. He donates time as a basketball instructor and also volunteers his time with his church, Families First, The Peace Builders Program and the Salvation Army.