Eagle Point Park
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|Eagle Point Park|
View of the Mississippi River
from Eagle Point Park
|Area||164 acres (0.66 km2)|
|Operated by||City of Dubuque|
|Open||May to October|
Eagle Point Park is a 164-acre (0.66 km2) public park located in the northeast corner of the city of Dubuque, Iowa, USA. Eagle Point is mostly situated on a bluff that overlooks the Mississippi River and the Dubuque Lock and Dam. The park is owned and operated by the city of Dubuque, Iowa.
The property on which Eagle Point is located was acquired by the city in 1908 due to a donation by a local judge. The park was opened in 1909. During the Great Depression, as part of the Works Progress Administration program the park was expanded and renovated. Architect Alfred Caldwell directed the building of many of the structures at the park, which made use of the limestone found in the area. These include the pavilions, the fish pond, the areas around the fish pond, and a bandshell for public concerts. A large statue of an eagle was placed near the entrance to the park. At one time the city offered regular bus service to and from the park, and a shelter was built for bus passengers. Today that shelter is used as an information center.
The Riverwalk, situated along the edge of the bluff, has views of the Mississippi, the Lock and Dam, the city of Dubuque, and Grant County, Wisconsin. The park offers tennis courts, horseshoe pits, playground equipment, a band shell with free music concerts, and a small wading pool for young children. The park charges a one dollar admission fee for automobiles, and a five dollar fee for buses to enter the park. There is no fee for pedestrians. The park's season runs from May 1 to October 31. During the off season the park is closed to vehicle traffic, but people can park near Eagle Point's rear entrance and walk into the park.