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Vander Veer Botanical Park, Davenport

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The Vander Veer Botanical Park is a 33acre botanical garden in the Vander Veer Park Historic District of Davenport, Iowa. It is believed to be one of the first botanical parks west of the Mississippi River. The park was listed on the Davenport Register of Historic Properties on August 4, 1993.HistoryVander Veer Park was established in 1885. The city of Davenport purchased the land for $13,000. The park was built on the old Scott County Fairgrounds land and modeled after New York City’s Central Park. Vander Veer was originally named Central Park. In 1912 the park was renamed after the first secretary of the Davenport Park Board of Commissioners, A.W. Vander Veer. A conservatory, music pavilion, and decorative fountains were added after World War I.The park is currently maintained by a nonprofit organization, The Friends of Vander Veer.
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TripAdvisor
  • Beautiful park, map of many species tree 80+ in the conservatory, nice playground, fountain in the summer, 1-mile around, beautiful hosts and rose garden. Great field for flying kites, playing catch. ...  more »
  • As close as you can get to "Central Park" but in the quad cities. Nice green areas, a duck pond (with a couple of geese) and a small botanical area which is open to the public. Note that the Botanical...  more »
  • An oasis in Davenport. It is the heart of the city and great to see the community taking advantage of all that the park has to offer  more »
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  • Vander Veer Botanical Park is one of Davenports' gems. I took my daughter there over the weekend and we had a great time playing on their main playground and swinging on the swings. The park is host to a number of different events for all people. It's a local hub for Ingress and Pokemon Go along with a LARP / cosplay battles. The park is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon with your family playing, relaxing or meeting new friends with similar interests.
  • A beautiful and very busy park with wonderful walks and promenades, fountains and flower beds. The rose garden is an especially nice walk. There is a nice playground, but there were too many big kids, and we walked away after the 14-year-olds enjoyed running circles around my two-year-old.
  • Excellent place for a walk whether you're exercising, going out on a date or just a nature lover. You can feed the ducks and it's also dog friendly. Make sure you pick up after yourself or your dog. Leave it better than you found it.
  • Beautiful park. Lots to do and see for kids. Spring, summer and fall activities. Great Poké Stop too.
  • I run around the park almost every morning. The outside loop is almost an exact mile, and wide sidewalks make it easy. There is a large grassy area perfect for flying a kite, playing with the dogs, or participating in yoga in the park in Saturday morning. The pond is filled with ducks during the summer, and is open for ice skating in the winter. I love this park.