Friends of Veterans Memorial Park

Bush Construction

Update: AJ Loss, President of Bush Construction has agreed to have his company Bush Construction, take over the General Contractor responsibilities for the next phase of our project. They will donate over $215,000 worth of services.

Graphic showing the plan for Veterans Memorial Park

Veterans Memorial Park will sit on 43 acres at 240 S. Marquette Street on the banks of the Mississippi River at the western edge of Downtown Davenport, Iowa in Scott County.

Overview of a map of Davenport showing the location of Veterans Memorial Park

When completed, this park will serve as the first and only public memorial in the City with the goal of honoring veterans from a regional perspective, in an actual park. It will also have the distinction of reclaiming and restoring a decommissioned landfill that has sat vacant since 1972 into a beautiful riverfront recreational property.
Veterans Memorial Park will afford our community the opportunity to celebrate our rich heritage and will include the following:

  1. A place where loved ones can be individually remembered with a personalized brick, bench, or tree. A "Walk of Honor" will be installed and maintained.
  2. It will be Educational, with interactive Kiosks that will tell the story of Quad City area veterans in American military history.
  3. It is in the plans to have an Eternal Flame to honor our veterans 24/7.
  4. It will be a park with the space and grounds (43 acres) to have a ceremonial field, military demonstrations, and celebrations. This park will be especially meaningful for people to gather and celebrate on holidays like Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Veterans Day.
  5. A River Overlook with beautiful views of the Mississippi River, downtown Davenport and Rock Island.
  6. Five special Commemorative Walls with Flags to represent each branch of the service.
  7. A Ceremonial Chime will provide an auditory element as a means of evoking more of an experience that appeals to all 5 senses.
  8. Trees – planted in a “rank and file formation” will create a formalistic grid, lined up in perfect formation much like a military formation. Strategic gaps in the tree canopy grid will symbolically honor those missing or fallen veterans.
  9. Strategic use of Lighting will enhance the features in the evening while providing site security.
  10. Expanded Bike Trails with river access and large green areas will be provided.
  11. Possible plans include Military Artifacts, such as a tank, jeep, helicopter, artillery weapons and maybe even an old military airplane. Things that kids can actually see and touch.

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