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Recreation in Davenport

The Quad Cities is home to 143 parks, indoor ice-skating at the Quad Cities Sports Complex, several new aquatic centers, a state-of-the-art outdoor skateboard park along the Mississippi River, and more. More than 30 private, semi-private and public golf courses cater to all levels and abilities. Davenport’s Red Hawk Golf Course, with its nine-hole and three-hole short courses, is part of the nationally-recognized First Tee program and is ideal for children, families and novices. Golf Digest recently ranked the Quad Cities’ public golf scene in the top 20 of 330 American cities and first in affordability and accessibility.

Davenport Red Hawk Golf Course

A destination for bikers, the Quad Cities offers miles upon miles of bike trails, as well as dozens of walking and jogging trails. The Great River Bike Trail stretches more than 60 miles, from Rock Island to Savannah, Illinois, and winds through three counties, providing a scenic haven for biking enthusiasts. The 13.5-mile Duck Creek bike path winds around golf courses, wooded areas and limestone bluffs in the Iowa Quad Cities, and stands as the oldest bike trail in the area, dating back to the 1930s. The 6.6-mile Mississippi River Trail starts at Credit Island in west Davenport, traveling to Bettendorf.

The extensive Davenport Parks and Recreation Department offers a wide range of fun activities and classes throughout the year. The summer schedule is especially full with concerts at Vander Veer Botanical Park, special days at Fejervary Zoo, a Credit Island Fishing Derby and classes such as rowing, tennis, kite-making and kite-flying. Twelve public pools can be found throughout Davenport and the Quad Cities, along with multiple YMCA facilities, equipped with indoor pools and recreation areas.

From late spring into fall, thousands of boaters make the Mississippi and Rock Rivers their second home. The bustling river activity includes the Lake Davenport Sailing Club whose members navigate their scows in the calmer waters of the Mississippi River. The highlight of all activities at Lake Davenport is the annual Polar Bear Regatta. It is held the first weekend in October, attracting 50 to 75 boats from seven Midwestern states.

Other outdoor adventures and leisure time options abound. West Lake Park is a 620-acre site with access to boating, fishing, beaches, picnic areas and two campgrounds. Over 2,000 wooded acres in Scott County Park are set aside for camping and hiking.

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