Fejervary Park

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Fejervary Park
Mother Goose Davenport, Iowa.JPG
Mother Goose Land entrance
TypePublic park
LocationDavenport, Iowa
Coordinates41°31′50″N 90°36′20″W / 41.53056°N 90.60556°W / 41.53056; -90.60556
Area75-acre (0.304 km2)
Operated byDavenport Parks and Recreation
OpenYear round
Official name: Mother Goose
Designated:February 7, 2007[1]
 
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Fejervary Park
Mother Goose Davenport, Iowa.JPG
Mother Goose Land entrance
TypePublic park
LocationDavenport, Iowa
Coordinates41°31′50″N 90°36′20″W / 41.53056°N 90.60556°W / 41.53056; -90.60556
Area75-acre (0.304 km2)
Operated byDavenport Parks and Recreation
OpenYear round
Official name: Mother Goose
Designated:February 7, 2007[1]

Fejervary Park is located in the west end of Davenport, Iowa, United States. The 75-acre (0.304 km2) park is dominated by rolling green grass hills and trees.[2] It features play ground equipment and an aquatic center. The Putnam Museum is located just to the east of the park.

History[edit]

The property for Fejervary Park was given to the city by Celestine Fejérváry, a daughter of Nicholas Fejérváry.[3] He was a Hungarian nobleman who came to Davenport as a refuge in 1853 following the failure of an insurrection in his native Hungary. The park was the site of Fejervary’s estate. He chose the location for his home because the steep bluffs with a view of the Mississippi River reminded him of his home on the Danube River.[4] The house, which was on the site at the time of the donation, is now gone. All that remains of the buildings is a carriage barn.[5] A municipal zoo was added to the park in 1909.[6] It became known as Mother Goose Land. Patrons would enter the zoo through a large Mother Goose structure. There was also a feature called Monkey Island. The Mother Goose entryway was listed on the Davenport Register of Historic Properties in 2007,[1] and the zoo itself closed in 2008.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Historic Preservation Commission. "Davenport Register of Historic Properties". City of Davenport. Retrieved 2013-03-04. 
  2. ^ "Public Parks". City of Davenport. Retrieved 2011-03-24. 
  3. ^ "Chapter XXIII: City of Davenport". Scott County Iowa USGen Web. Retrieved 2011-03-24. 
  4. ^ Gaul, Alma. "Generosity of Davenport’s long-dead Hungarian count pays for college scholarships today". Quad-City Times (April 4, 2011). Retrieved 2011-04-05. 
  5. ^ Fisher, Larry. "Carriage_Barn_013111 (photo)". Quad-City Times (January 31, 2011). Retrieved 2011-03-24. 
  6. ^ Brecht, Tory. "Council opts to convert Fejervary into 'eco park'". Quad-City Times (June 4, 2008). Retrieved 2011-03-24. 

Coordinates: 41°31′50″N 90°36′20″W / 41.530556°N 90.605556°W / 41.530556; -90.605556