Establishing the Shuetzenpark Stiftung has been a work in progress for the last 5 years and we’re proud to announce…we made it!
This would not be possible without the generosity of you, and others like you, who have given gifts to support Schuetzen Park. Thank you!
This site holds many special memories for generations of local German-Americans and other area residents. In 1870, the Davenport Schuetzengesellschaft (later called the Schuetzen Verein) created this "Schuetzenpark," or shooting park, as a target range for rifle marksmanship. In addition to the shooting and target houses, the park included an inn
, dance hall, music pavilion
, zoo, bowling alleys, roller coaster
, refreshment stands, athletic field, picnic grounds, and other amusements. As many as 12,000 people visited the park in a single day for major events.
Today, what remains of this special site is being preserved as a "Wildpark." The only original park building that remains is the 1911 street car waiting station, which was named a local historic landmark in 1998 by the City of Davenport. We want to preserve this piece of heritage for years to come.
This fund is used to permanently endow the costs associated with park upkeep including:
· Emergency needs
· Grounds maintenance (mowing equipment and gas)
· Structure maintenance (painting and repair)
· Insurance premiums
This endowment provides a permanent resource for the park ensuring it will remain a valued treasure in this community for generations to come.