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18th National Trails Symposium Quad Cities October 19-22, 2006

The RiverCenter Convention Center and Adler Theatre
More on the Adler theatre and parking for both facilities

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The RiverCenter Convention Center in Davenport, Iowa

The 18th National Trails Symposium will be held at the RiverCenter Convention Center in Davenport, Iowa, while the Awards Banquet will be held at the adjacent Adler Theatre.

RiverCenter Convention Center

The RiverCenter's attractive and flexible meeting and exhibit space offers a variety of options to accommodate the diverse needs of any event. The RiverCenter features two large exhibit halls, 10 breakout rooms and an executive Board Room. Combined with the historic Adler Theatre, the entire facility offers 100,000 square feet of meeting space. Additionally, there are two park areas for your outdoor events.

The Convention Center in the Quad Cities region is nestled on the only section of the Mississippi River that runs east to west. This may cause confusion for visitors who think they are still heading north or south, the natural flow of the river. The Davenport River Trails is two blocks away. A variety of restaurants are nearby. Plenty of parking is available.

Location: 136 East Third Street, Davenport, IA 52801
Phone: 563-326-8500
Fax: 563-326-8505


The Building

The RiverCenter is the Center With It All! The RiverCenter is an extraordinary building, facing the Mighty Mississippi River, and has stunning features, making it a one-of-a-kind piece of art. Built back in 1983, the RiverCenter features the Mississippi River Hall, a 13,500 square foot column-free exhibit hall with a 25 foot ceiling, six breakout meeting rooms, a commercial use kitchen and an opened, sun drenched atrium/reception area. Audio/visual needs are handled by a permanent ceiling sound system, 24 microphone jacks, 8 channel stereo mixing board, and a 15'-6" x 13' projection screen. Additional A/V equipment is available.

The new south side of the RiverCenter includes the Great River Hall, a lavish, 32,400 square foot, column-free exhibit hall: 180 feet x 180 feet with two entrances and three exits and 35 feet ceiling height. There is a 16,000 square foot concourse/reception area, four breakout meeting rooms, an executive Board Room, and two smaller meeting rooms. The Great River Hall was designed to be versatile, with walls specially constructed with an acoustical treatment for maximum quality sound. The room can be used as one large space, or can be divided into two independent units, each having their own concession stands, rest rooms, loading docks, phone banks, and show managers' offices with lighting and sound controls.

Among the thirteen meeting rooms the Convention Center holds, ten are 800+ square feet. Each can be adjusted to become larger rooms with customer configurations. All meeting rooms feature dimmer-controlled lighting and sound.

The RiverCenter also has easy dock access, with three truck docks and a drive-in entrance. Forklifts and a manlift with boom are available. Plus the Great River Hall is individually climate controlled for maximum comfort.

The RiverCenter is physically connected with two hotels (one hotel being the Radisson Quad City Plaza— a host hotel for the Symposium), with the Adler Theatre, and a parking ramp by a climate controlled, well-lit skywalk.

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Interior of the Adler Theatre, which is connected to the RiverCenter


The Adler Theatre

The 18th National Trails Symposium Awards Banquet will be held at the Adler Theatre, which is connected to the RiverCenter.

Location: 136 East Third Street, Davenport, IA 52801
Phone: 563-326-8500
Fax: 563-326-8505

The Adler Theatre is a historic art deco masterpiece, built in the early 1930s. The theatre began life as Iowa's largest and most opulent movie theatre. Before the age of multi-screened cinema complexes and cable TV, the original "RKO Orpheum" theatre premiered all of Hollywood's major releases and hosted touring vaudeville and stage performers.

In 1984, the theatre was renovated back to its original glory. Although updated for state-of-the-art technology and comfort, great effort was put forth to retain the ambiance and charm of the original theatre, from the incredible acoustics, to the original lights and chandeliers in the Grand Lobby, to the one-of-a-kind carpeting. To keep the theatre as authentic as possible, a small remnant of the original carpeting was found and sent to England to be replicated. When the renovation was complete, the theatre was renamed in honor of the Adler family, local publishers whose newspaper had made significant contributions toward the project.

Although newly recovered and renovated, the seats are the very same ones moviegoers sat in for grand premieres like Gone With The Wind. Whether hosting stars of the past, present or future, the Adler Theatre, with a 2,400 seating capacity, is the ultimate stage.


The City of Davenport Parking system has over 1800 spaces in three parking ramps:

  • The RiverCenter ramp is located between Second and Third Streets on Brady Street, connected to the RiverCenter facility.
  • The newest ramp is at 202 Harrison Street and has over 620 spaces including 64 parking meters on the ground level.
  • The other new ramp is between Main and Brady at River Drive. This ramp has over 450 spaces available.

In the two new ramps, patrons will either use Pay Stations (machines that will compute fees, accept cash and make change) or their monthly contract pass-cards. These Pay Stations are located on the ground floor level in each stairwell/elevator tower.

The rates are the same for all of the ramp spaces. It is $.75 per hour with a daily maximum of $7.50; this rate is for Monday - Friday. Special Event (Saturdays & Sundays) parking is $2.00.

Off street meter parking is free on weekends, City holidays and weekdays after 5:00 p.m.

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Updated November 19, 2006

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