Go, See, Explore: Centennial Park in Davenport, IA


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!

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.

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Centennial Park in Davenport, IA – is a 250-acre park, one of the four parks located along the Mississippi River. 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!


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

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.

Ways you can get active in the park 

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