Editor’s note: Are you looking for fun, new things to do in the Quad Cities? Look no further than our local parks. They are truly a treasure – and we are excited to be sharing some of our favorites over the next few months.

Our friends at Davenport Parks and Recreation are sharing some favorite (and maybe some new-to-you) parks that you’ll want on your bucket list this summer. They are great to visit with your kids or meet friends. And we’ll even be sharing some events at the park you’ll want to add to your calendar and ways to get active at the park.

We hope this will give you new and fun places to visit – and also give you ideas for ways to enjoy them in new and unique ways.

Check out the other posts in this series:

Next up … Duck Creek Park and Golf Course / Emeis Park and Golf Course:

Duck Creek Park and Golf Course is located on the east side of Davenport, Iowa at 3300 E Locust St.

Emeis Park and Golf Course is located on the west side of Davenport, Iowa at 4500 W Locust St.

Duck Creek Park and Golf Course Facts:

  • The property was originally a private arboretum south of Duck Creek.
  • It was developed in the 1930s as a public works project during the great depression.
  • The park is 211-acres.
  • The Stampe Lilac Garden and Gazebo is a popular location for weddings.
  • The park connects with the Duck Creek Parkway.
  • The golf course is an 18-hole, par 70 course. It’s a 140-acre course and is 5,749-yards long.
  • The course features mature trees and rolling hills.

Emeis Park and Golf Course Facts:

  • Emeis Park and Golf Course is a 210-acre park.
  • It is a western terminus for the Duck Creek Parkway.
  • The golf course is an 18-hole, 72 course. It is a 155-acre course, 6,500-yard long, and built on gently rolling hills.
  • It’s Davenports most challenging public golf course.
  • Has hosted the Quad City Amateur Tournament and qualifying rounds for the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic.

What Duck Creek Park has to offer:

  • 2 reservable shelters
  • Ball fields
  • Bike/Walk/Running Path
  • Tennis Courts
  • Drinking Fountains
  • Lodge available to rent for a variety of gatherings
  • Pickle Ball Courts
  • Nature Area
  • Nature Trails
  • Parkway
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Play Equipment
  • Restrooms
  • Golf Course
  • Garden Gazebo available for rental
  • Wedding Sites

What Emeis Park has to offer:

  • Reservable Shelters
  • 4 Ball fields
  • 3 Tennis Courts
  • Basketball Courts
  • Drinking Fountains
  • Parkway
  • Picnic Shelter available for rental
  • Restrooms
  • Golf Course
  • Playground
  • Concession Stand
  • Home to Emeis Little League
  • Home to West Pony League

Ways to get active at these parks for anyone:

  • Walking lunges/sprints on the bike path
  • Game of basketball
  • Find a bench and do triceps dips, elevated plank knee to elbow, incline push ups

Ways moms and children can get active at these parks:

  • Run the bases at the ball fields
  • 1-minute jumping jacks, 1-minute monkey bars
  • Run to a tree, do 3 cartwheels, run to the playground, go down the slide, army crawl back to the tree

What do you think? Will you check out Duck Creek Park this summer?

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