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Parks & Facilities

Davenport Parks and Recreation offers a multitude of parks, green spaces, facilities, and amenities.  Specifics are listed on individual park pages. If you need additional information please contact the Parks Administrative Office at 563-328-PARK (7275).

To reserve a park for a special event beyond a family gathering or celebration, please fill out the Special Use Request and submit to the Parks Administrative Office (700 W. River Dr.) or email to [email protected].

 

Park Classifications

The National Recreation and Park Association’s (NRPA) Park, Recreation, Open Space and Greenway Guidelines provide definitions for park classifications useful to park and recreation agency planning and maintenance. Davenport Parks and Recreation use these classifications in the assessment of amenities, layout, and location of parks throughout the city.

As a means of organizing public spaces and facilities in Davenport, the park areas are classified generally according to NRPA’s hierarchy (Regional, Community, Neighborhood, Mini/Pocket), but not always in the strictest sense. All parks can be placed into specific categories or classifications. Some parks that meet neighborhood needs and have specialized amenities could be placed into more than one classification, but are placed in the classification that meets the broadest definition. The criteria used to define each of the open space and park categories are described below.

Regional/Special Use Park

Regional/Special Use Parks cover a broad range of specialized park and recreation facilities, often with a single major use. Golf courses, historical sites, skate parks, community center sites, theme parks, water parks, ice rinks, and other special use facilities fall into this category. These parks may also include neighborhood or community park elements, but with amenities that have a regional appeal to visitors from outside the boundaries of the district or municipality.

Common Characteristics

  • Include specialized recreational activities
  • Used by region, not solely specific community
  • Varies in size

Regional/Special Use Parks include:
Centennial Park, City Cemetery, Credit Island Park, Golf Courses, LeClaire Park, River Heritage Park, Davenport Soccer Complex, Sunderbruch Park, Vander Veer Park, and Veteran’s Memorial

Community Parks

Community Parks are diverse in nature, serving a broader purpose than neighborhood or mini parks. Community parks may include neighborhood park amenities and do act as neighborhood parks as well, but the focus of a community park is on meeting community-based recreation, athletics, and green space needs. Examples of amenities potentially found in community parks include athletic complexes, aquatic amenities, walking paths, picnic areas and various formal active and passive recreation opportunities depending upon community needs and site suitability.

Common Characteristics

  • Greater then 10 acres
  • Diverse in Nature
  • Serve community as a whole
  • Accessible by multiple modes of transportation

Community Parks include:
Duck Creek Park, Eastern Avenue Park, Emeis Park, Fejervary Park, Garfield Park, Junge Park, Lindsay Park, Marquette Park, Northwest Park, Prairie Heights Park

Neighborhood Parks

Neighborhood Parks remain the most prevalent component of a park system and serve as the recreational and social focus for a neighborhood. Neighborhood parks are generally designed with an emphasis on a mix of informal active and passive recreation opportunities serving the immediate neighborhood’s recreation needs. Examples of amenities potentially found in neighborhood parks include open space for field games, court games, picnicking, and playground areas. Many neighborhood parks may also contain athletic fields used by local athletic organizations.

Common Characteristics

  • 5-10 acres
  • 1/2 mile service radius
  • Serves neighborhood
  • Walk-to, some parking
  • Larger or multiple play structures, larger shelters, sport fields/courts, walking paths.

Neighborhood Parks include:
Cork Hill Park, Glen Armil Park, Green Acres Park, Harbor Road Park, Herington Park, Jefferson Park, Jersey Farms Park, Lafayette Park, LeClarie Heights Park, Peterson Park, Prospect Terrace Park, Ridgeview Park, Riverview Terrace Park, Slattery Park, Tyler Park, Van Buren Park, Whalen Park

Mini/Pocket Parks

Mini/Pocket Parks are specialized facilities that serve a concentrated or limited population area, or that serve a specific function or age group. They also meet a variety of needs and functions, including: small event space, play areas for children, spaces for relaxing or meeting friends, taking lunch breaks, etc. Examples of amenities potentially found in mini/pocket parks include playground/tot lot equipment, benches, picnic tables, gazebos, ornamental landscape features, etc.

Common Characteristics

  • Less than 1.5 acres
  • ¼ mile service radius
  • Serves immediate neighborhood
  • Walk-to
  • Play structure, picnic tables, benches, small shelter, etc.

Mini/Pocket Parks include:
North Gayman Park, Indian Springs Park, Monroe Park, Sylvan Park