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Location: Downtown Des Moines Riverfront

Status: Completed in 2013

Developer: City of Des Moines, Principal Financial, State of Iowa

Cost: $70 Million (phase I), $2 Million for the Meredith Trail

Category: Recreation and Entertainment

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  • Features a 1.2 mile recreational trail loop connecting the east and west sides of downtown via two pedestrian bridges. The Riverwalk provides an essential link to Gray's Lake (via the Meredith Trail) and 300+ miles of metro recreational trails
  • To celebrate their 125th Anniversary, Principal Financial Group announced in 2004 the gift of $10 million to create the Riverwalk
  • Phase I was predicted to be complete by 2008 but delayed until 2013 with the completion of the Hub Spot. With added amenities, the project grew from $10 million to $70 million
  • Meredith Corporation donated $2 million to fund the "Meredith Trail", a 12-foot wide pathway connecting Gray's Lake with the MLK Trail head. Aesthetic improvements included the Jackson and 1st Street Bridges (closed to vehicles), upgraded lighting, safety call boxes, benches and signage. The improvements were completed in 2005
  • The Union Pacific Railroad bridge was renovated into a pedestrian bridge, including river overlooks, in
  • An arched "basket handle" pedestrian bridge, originally called the Center Street Pedestrian Bridge, was completed in 2010. The bridge contains two separate paths on each side with a glass floor connection in the center. The bridge was renamed the "Iowa Women of Achievement Bridge" to recognize notable women of Iowa history
  • Brenton Skating Plaza, completed in 2006, features an ice rink in the winter and event space in the spring, summer and fall. A $400,000 canopy was added in 2014 to provide shade and rain protection during warmer months (removed in the winter)
  • Long Look Garden, located adjacent to City Hall, was completed in 2005 and includes the  the sculpture, "Untitled," by artist Joel Shapiro
  • Landscaped promenades along the street level connect the Hub Spot, World Food Prize and Riverfront YMCA
  • The Hub Spot plaza opened in
  • A fenced dog park was added to the riverfront to the north of I-235 in 2012
  • The $500,000 Rotary Riverwalk Park, located north of the Women of Achievement Bridge,  featuring playground swings shaped like a fishing pole and giant bobber, opened in November of 2014
  • Fundraising continues for a $3.5 million Riverwalk skate park. The proposed 65,000-square-foot facility is located south of I-235 along the west bank of the Des Moines River

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 July 2009 13:09