The Davenport City Center includes the downtown business core, riverfront, and residential neighborhoods directly to the northeast and west of the commercial district of Davenport, Iowa. This neighborhood is situated along the Mississippi River and there is a mix of residential homes, retail shops, and businesses, services, and office buildings in the area. Residents can easily reach a variety of shops and services within walking distance of their houses or apartment buildings.
Residents with dogs that walk in the area may find that summers are hot with lots of pavement in the area that can be affected and doggy boots to protect your pup's paws may be warranted. Conversely, in the winter, it can be cold and snowy and the same paw protection may serve double duty! You should also avoid walking your dog on snowy winter days with sub-freezing temperatures or in the heat of the day on sweltering summer days.
The Mississippi River runs along the southern border and there is a baseball stadium and several parks located here. Most buildings in Davenport City Centre are low rise, walk up structures, some historical in nature. The surrounding neighborhoods have single-family homes and more landscaping while many homes in the neighborhood have historic architecture. The terrain in the residential areas especially is hilly and requires some elevation changes to be navigated during walks in the neighborhood. The commercial area by the river is less hilly but more paved with less landscaping and shade trees.
The Riverfront Trail runs along the river and through the parks situated along the river. This greenway is open to cyclists, skaters, and pedestrians, so watch out for other trail users! Centennial Park is located on the riverfront and has a boat ramp, fishing areas, a gazebo, a skateboard park, and recreational facilities and athletic fields. There is an off-leash dog park here with enclosed areas for your canine companion to romp with other local dogs and enjoy some free play! The park is a great opportunity to give your dog some exercise as long as they are well socialized.
Veterans Memorial Park is also located along the riverfront trail and the river and has large, natural treed spaces to walk your dog through. A more developed park, LeClair Park and Bandshell, also sits along the trail. Maybe you and your dog can take in some entertainment on performance days!