Volunteer to help keep trails clean

Adopt-a-Path is growing to meet the demands of an expanding trail network in the Quad Cities. This past year, two miles of the Mississippi River Trail was completed through downtown Bettendorf to Riverdale and in Davenport a new bridge was constructed, connecting Credit Island to South Concord Street.

Above photo, Andy Lenaghan and his helper, grandson Dax Leone, keep the bike path near Credit Island clean.

River Action’s Adopt-a-Path program is working to keep the Quad Cities’ recreational trails clean. The volunteer program is an informal agreement whereby citizens, organizations, local businesses and student groups help by picking up trails throughout the year. Volunteers or “Trail Keepers” adopt ½-mile sections of the Mississippi River Trail (IA and IL) and the Duck Creek Recreational Trail. (IA)

Nearly 40 of the 50 miles have been adopted. Volunteers are still needed and can get more details by contacting River Action at 563.322.2969 or by email at kwine@riveraction.org.

Volunteer Duties

• Pick up small items of littler along the path.

• The area to be kept clean would just be the immediate path and buffer areas; don’t go down to the water’s edge – or into ditches.

• If you find large items, don’t feel you have to pick them up. Give River Action a call, or your communities’ parks or public works departments.

• You don’t have to sweep the path or shovel mud or dirt from it. Use your own garbage bags, or come down to the River Action’s office and pick up a supply. We also have gloves.

• Dispose of your collected litter either in a city trash receptacle or at your home. If you have a large number of bags (or extremely heavy ones), give us a call and we can arrange to get them picked up. Try to leave them at a location accessible by motorized vehicles.

• Pick up your section as often as you can. Again, this is subjective. You don’t have to do it weekly or even monthly. Perhaps a guideline would be: at least every two months during the spring to fall season – in other words, four or five times a year.

• Occasionally give us a call, e-mail us or stop into the office and tell us how you or your group are doing.

• Look for your name on the Adopt-A-Path page on the River Action web site.

• Any questions? Contact the River Action Office at 563.322.2969 or email us at kwine@riveraction.org.

Mississippi River Trail, Rock Island

  • Trailhead through Sunset Park - Kevin Dodson Family
  • Sunset Park to 3rd Ave. - Andy Colgan
  • 3rd Avenue to Crescent Bridge - Doug McCollum
  • Crescent Bridge to Schweibert Park - Margaret Sherwin
  • Schweibert Park to railroad bridge - Navarro Canoe Co
  • Railroad bridge to Sylvan Island - Mark Doeckel
  • West End of Rock Island Arsenal - Dixon Novey

Mississippi River Trail, Moline

  • These sections are cared for through the Moline’s Adopt-a-Park program. For information about volunteer opportunities, contact Moline Park Operations Manager Rodd Schick at 309-524-2410

Mississippi River Trail, East Moline

  • Moline Border to 7th Street – Bill and Kathy Storm
  • 7th Street to Heirford Creek – Kathleen Doyle
  • Heirford Creek to Cambell's Island - Rebellious Runner Entertainment
  • Cambells Island to Hampton border - Branson and Alison Rasko Family

Mississippi River Trail, Hampton

  • East Moline border to Village Hall – Bob and Peggy Bartells
  • Village Hall to north end of Illiniwek Park – Bob and Peggy Bartells
  • North end of Illiniwek to driveway - Volunteers needed
  • Driveway to under I-80 - Volunteers needed

Mississippi River Trail, Hampton/Rapids City

  • Under I-80 to 18th Street - Christopher M. Macksey
  • 18th Street to Schuler's Shady Grove - Adam and Denel Cooper
  • Schulers Shady Grove to half-way point - Donald Thompson
  • Half-way point to Buchanan Street - Donald Thompson
  • Buchanan Street to Walnut Street - Volunteers needed
  • Walnut Street to Agnes Street - Volunteers needed
  • Agnes Street to Fairfield Street - Volunteers needed

Mississippi River Trail, Cordova

  • Fairfield Street to Camp Hauberg - Volunteers needed
  • Camp Hauberg to end of trail - Volunteers needed

Mississippi River Trail, Bettendorf

  • West end of path to I-74 Bridge – Tom and Pat Bolton
  • Under I-74 to east end to Casino – McNeil Family
  • Casino to Bush Scenic Overlook- Harry Mihm
  • Bush Scenic Overlook to Riverdale (Bridge) - Jeff Smith

Mississippi River Trail, Riverdale

  • Bridge to trail's end (S. Bellingham) - Alcoa

Mississippi River Trail, Davenport

  • Credit Island to Crescent Bridge - Kathleen and Andy Lenaghan
  • Crescent Bridge to Centennial Bridge - Bob Griesenbeck Family
  • Centennial Bridge to Government Bridge - Russell Construction
  • Government Bridge to Bridge Street - Tom Minear
  • Bridge Street to Mound Street - Tom and Kathy Wine
  • Mound Street to east end of path – Tom and Pat Bolton

Duck Creek Recreation Trail, Davenport

  • Emeis Park to Fairmount Street - John Bedford Family
  • Fairmont Street to Hickory Grove Road – Dan Buck
  • Hickory Grove Road to Silver Creek - Tracy Griffin
  • Silver Creek to Division Street - John Noonan
  • Division Street to Marquette Street – Mitch Tollerud
  • Marquette St to Harrison Street - John and Katie Tritt
  • Harrision Street to Brady Street - Tyler Guth
  • Brady Street to Valle Vista Road - Mike Richmond and Ashley Hoskins
  • Valle Vista Rd. to Eastern Avenue - Mike Richmond and Ashley Hoskins and Scott and Karen Schaar
  • Eastern Avenue to Jersey Ridge Road - Ryan Less and Marilynn Bartels
  • Jersey Ridge Road to Fairhaven Road - Ryan Less and Marilynn Bartels
  • Fairhaven Road to under I-74 -Randy and Serena Ryan
  • Fairhaven Road to Duck Creek Park – Bill and Kathy Storm

Duck Creek Recreation Trail, Bettendorf

  • Under I-74 to Woodland Drive - Les Pritchard Family
  • Woodland Drive to Middle Road - Entwistle/Saetre Family
  • Middle Road to 18th Street - Steve Mohr Family
  • 18th Street to 23rd Street - Allison Family
  • 23rd Street to Hollowview Drive - Oscar Hawley
  • Hollowview Drive to Devils Glenn Keith Jordan