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Davenport Skybridge, Davenport

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The Davenport Skybridge is a pedestrian cable-stayed bridge that spans River Drive (Highway 67) in downtown Davenport, Iowa. It connects LeClaire Park and Rhythm City Casino to a courtyard and parking ramp on 2nd Street, located right next to the River Music Experience. The bridge is 50feet tall and 575feet long, and was completed in 2005. It was designed by Holabird & Root and Neumann Monson, P.C.At the south end, facing the river, is an observation deck with a view of the Mississippi River, LeClaire Park Bandshell, the Centennial Bridge, and the Davenport Levee, where many festivals take place throughout the warmer months.The inside of the Skybridge contains kaleidoscope lighting. The lighting consists of 228 LED fixtures and 8,036 individual lights. The LEDs are capable of displaying various patterns. The lighting color and patterns can be adjusted for events occurring in the area, such as a red, white, and blue color scheme for the 4th of July; red and green for Christmas; and various other patterns.The Skybridge was a component of the Riverfront/Downtown Davenport improvement program, River Renaissance. The total cost of the structure was $7 million. Iowa taxpayers provided $3.5 million in the form of a Vision Iowa grant, Rhythm City Casino paid $2 million, and the City of Davenport taxpayers spent $500,000 for its initial construction. The Riverboat Development Authority, the agency responsible for distributing some of the taxes collected from Rhythm City, allocated $1.3 million. The bridge's stated purpose is to serve as a tourism attraction with a unique vantage point of the Mississippi River, while also functioning as a safe way to cross the highway.
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  • It's a beautiful view but slightly eerie as the casino it served has closed and it was empty. It was air conditioned though and a fine place for my kids to run back and forth without bothering anyone.  more »
  • What can i really say its cool and fun to go to People with families should definately go there if they have time to kill!  more »
  • I am not really sure what the purpose of the skybridge is. It really just goes from parking garage to a closed up casino.  more »
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  • Super cool. Nicely constructed, there's even air conditioning. Slightly dirty.
  • Are you safe and climate controlled way to see our river. The light show is amazing. be sure to check theriver lookout on the south end.
  • It has a nice view of the river. Its view is right out to what seems to be a shuttered casino; but it has views of the lock and dam and and a highway bridge over the Mississippi River. On the other end it connects to a parking garage and has a view of part of downtown.
  • Great view of the river and downturn Davenport.
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