Professional Practice

Main Street Landing Destination Play Area Design Competition RFQ

Date: 3/3/2020 - 4/3/2020

Type: RFPs / RFQs

LA CES approved?: No

Location(s): Iowa

Description: Main Street Landing Destination Play Area Design Competition.

The City of Davenport will have a design competition for a proposed two-acre Destination Play Area at Main Street Landing, located just east of the Skybridge along the Mississippi River.

The play area, budgeted at $3 million to $4 million, should be a gathering place for all that is uniquely Davenport and serve as a regional destination, according to the approved Request for Qualifications. It will also have to be flood resilient.

Unique landforms, vertical play elements, family-oriented activities, universal accessibility, a restroom building and natural play elements are among the features that could be incorporated into a submission, according to the RFQ, but designers should not be limited by that list.

Deadline for submissions is April 3, 2020 @2:00 PM via the City’s electronic submission website.

Submissions received will be reviewed by a committee comprised of City Staff and representatives of the “Destination Play Area Task Force” that includes elected officials and community members. They will evaluate and score each proposal. A short list of candidates will be interviewed and a determined number of finalists will advance to a design competition to develop a constructible concept.

Finalists will receive a $25,000 stipend, while the winning entry will move to contract negotiations to develop their concept into a biddable set of construction documents for an estimated Spring, 2022 construction start date.

Development of Main Street Landing has been phased project since the former riverboat casino left the riverfront in 2016. Event space that includes planters and decorative brick was the first part of the area to be developed. Construction that was slowed by river flooding in 2019 is expected to be completed this year.


Julia Lent

Maxine Artis

Professional Practice 

Library and Research Services                          
Ian Bucacink

RFQs & Opportunities                                      
JR Taylor

Historic Landscapes (HALS)                              
Ali Hay