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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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  • Featuring a 1.2 mile recreational trail loop connecting the east and west sides of downtown via two pedestrian bridges. Trails will connect the Court Avenue District, CBD, East Village, Botanical Center, Iowa Events Center and Gray's Lake with other metro area recreational trails
  • A renovated pedestrian bridge includes a river overlook
  • A new pedestrian bridge to be constructed using the arched "basket handle" design
  • A landscaped promenade along the street level connecting the riverfront amphitheater and several plazas that will feature artwork
  • An outdoor ice skating rink and summertime fountain plaza
  • Several street level plazas that will feature an interactive playground, basketball courts, and other amenities
  • A series of civic gardens with sculptures will be installed near Des Moines City Hall
  • Will be adjacent to the new Robert D. Ray Asian Gardens and Cultural Center
  • Phase I to be complete by 2008, future phases may include an extreme sports park, white water rafting course and trails/promenade expansion
  • Meredith Publishing Company has kicked in $2 million dollars to fund the "Meredith Trail", a 12-foot wide pathway connecting Gray's Lake with the MLK Trail head, aesthetic improvements to two future riverwalk bridges and benches, light poles and other signage along the trail from Gray's Lake to the Principal Riverwalk
  • A fenced dog park was added to the riverfront to the north of I-235 in 2012
  • A $400,000 Brenton Skating Plaza Canopy will be added in the Summer of 2013

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 July 2009 13:09