Eagle Point Park (Dubuque, Iowa)

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Coordinates: 42°32′20″N 90°39′00″W / 42.539°N 90.650°W / 42.539; -90.650

Eagle Point Park
View of the Mississippi River
from Eagle Point Park
Type Public park
Location Dubuque, Iowa
Area 164 acres (0.66 km2)
Created May 1909
Operated by City of Dubuque
Open May to October

Eagle Point Park is a 164-acre (0.66 km2) public park[1] 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 Lock and Dam No. 11.[2] The park is owned and operated by the city of Dubuque, Iowa.[3]

The Eagle Point site was selected by Charles Mulford Robinson, who wrote a report, "Report on the Improvement of the City of Dubuque, Iowa".[4] A committee, led by Judge Oliver Perry Shiras, was formed and the property was acquired by the city in 1908.[3] The park was opened in 1909.[5] During the Great Depression, as part of the Works Progress Administration program the park was expanded and renovated. President Franklin D. Roosevelt viewed the park and said, "This is my idea of a worthwhile boondoggle".[6] Architect Alfred Caldwell directed the building of many of the structures at the park,[3] 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.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9]

Below the park is the site of the Eagle Point Bridge, which was torn down in 1980's.

Postcard titled "Eagle Point Park Stairway And Bridge Dubuque" with May 21, 1912 postmark on reverse.

Note that there is also an Eagle Point Park located in Clinton, IA.[10]

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  1. ^ "Eagle Point Park, Dubuque County". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 1979-04-30. Retrieved 2015-07-26. 
  2. ^ Shaffer, James L.; Tigges, John T. Dubuque, Iowa. Arcadia Publishing. p. 81. Retrieved 2015-07-26. 
  3. ^ a b c "Eagle Point Park History". City of Dubuque. Retrieved 2015-07-26. 
  4. ^ Robinson, Charles Mulford (1907). Report on the Improvement of the City of Dubuque, Iowa. p. 39. 
  5. ^ Piper, Andy. "Beauty on the bluffs holds legacy that lasts". Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, Iowa). Archived from the original on 2009-08-03. Retrieved 2015-07-27. 
  6. ^ Domer, Dennis. Alfred Caldwell: the life and work of a Prairie school landscape architect. Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 18. Retrieved 2015-07-26. 
  7. ^ "Park Features and Facilities". City of Dubuque. Retrieved 2015-07-26. 
  8. ^ "Entrance Fees & Season Passes". City of Dubuque. Retrieved 2015-07-26. 
  9. ^ Julie Deardorff (2004-02-22). "Winter in surprising Dubuque". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2015-07-27. 
  10. ^ "Eagle Point Park, Clinton County". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 1979-04-30. Retrieved 2015-07-26.