Volunteers lay sod in Sister Concetta Park during the OP3
phase 1 build day on Sept. 28.
Founded by 5th trimester student Jennifer Katzer and 6th trimester student
Kristina Bemis in 2012, Operation Palmer Promotes Play (OP3) has
grown to include students from nearly every student organization on the
Davenport Campus, along with a number of employees and donors from
the Quad-City community—including the Palmer Chiropractic Clinics,
Vickie A. Palmer and alumni.
The mission of OP3 is to improve the health and well-being of
children in the Quad-City community through play. The group’s initial
project is to raise $64,000 to completely revitalize a downtown Davenport
park, Sister Concetta Park, used by the children of Project Renewal,
a not-for-profit organization that provides after-school and summer
programs for underserved children.
By September 2013, the group raised nearly $25,000 for the project’s
first phase, and was able to break ground at Sister Concetta Park.
Directed by Aunt Rhodie’s Landscaping and Design, this phase consisted
of re-grading the ground and laying sod to create a sports field
where the Project Renewal children will play team sports.(See photos
The second phase of the project is building a treeshaded
patio around an existing water fountain where the
children can gather for healthy meals and snacks. The patio
can also be used as a stage. Thanks to a generous pledge
from the Duncan J. Cameron Family Foundation, this phase
is already funded.
The project’s third phase is to provide new, safe playground
equipment and surfacing that promotes physical
strength, stability and endurance exercises and will encourage
children to play longer and more often.
For more information about OP3 or to donate, go to