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: Centennial Park:

Located at 315 South Marquette Street in Davenport, Iowa.

Fun facts about Centennial Park:

  • Centennial Park is a 250-acre park, one of the four parks located along the Mississippi River.
  • The Riverfront Parkway passes through Centennial, and the River’s Edge.
  • Where Centennial Park is now used to be a former landfill that was used by the city of Davenport until 1975.
  • The parks project passed in 2004, and the skateboard park was the first element of the park that opened in 2006.
  • The basketball courts, concession stand, and stage opened in 2009.
  • The last three commercial buildings on site were torn down in 2009 to make way for the spray park that was constructed in 2010.
  • In late 2010 early 2011 part of what was the festival grounds was paved for parking and the rest seeded for open green space.

Centennial Parks Hours:

Open year round

Sunrise to half hour after sunset

Spray Park Hours:

10 AM – 8 PM

If you’re looking for a place to spend the day at, Centennial Park is worth checking out. Grab some lunch and sit in the riverfront gazebos and head over to the spray park after!

What Centennial has to offer:

  • A spray park that is very popular for kids on hot summer days.
  • Bike path along the riverfront.
  • Walking path along the riverfront.
  • Dozens of benches along the riverfront to stop and take a break and enjoy the scenery.
  • A dog off-leash area for dogs to run around and socialize with other dogs.
  • Reservable gazebos along the riverfront.
  • Play equipment by the riverfront.
  • Skate park.
  • Basketball courts.
  • Boat ramp.

Events held at Centennial Park:

  • The Celtic Festival and Highland Games of the Quad Cities will be held on September 14th and 15th. This event is free and would make a great family outing!
  • At the Celtic Festival you will find things such as: an animal field and animal demonstrations, athletic fields, a dance tent where you can watch dancing and get a chance to learn yourself, an entertainment tent, a family activities area, history area, and workshops tent.
  • Well behaved dogs are welcome at the event.


Ways you can get active in the park (for anyone):

  • Run along the riverfront
  • Bike along the riverfront
  • Find a bench and de decline push ups
  • Find a bench to use for squats

Ways mom’s and children can get active together in the park:

  • Play a game of ‘horse’ at the basketball courts
  • Find a bench and do step ups together
  • Run on the riverfront pathway for a minute, walk for a minute, repeat
  • Plank in the grass

What do you think? Will you check out Centennial Park this summer?

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