the1wags wrote:Hey that skating rink looks really nice. Does anyone know what the cost of that alone was? A skating rink is one of the elements of the planned overhaul of the Gene Leahy Mall here in Omaha. I'd really like to see it happen, even though I can't skate for crap.
Brenton Skating Plaza just announced it will close for the season this evening, Tuesday, March 20. Warmer weather and a forecast for rain this week are bringing an end to a hugely successful first season, which attracted more than 32,000 skaters.
There will be a final public skate tonight from 7:30 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 9 p.m. Adult admission is $3, children ages five - 12 cost $2, and children under five are free. Skate rental is $2.50.
Plans under way for warm-weather events
Just because the ice is melting doesn'tÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t mean an end to the fun. Brenton Skating Plaza will host a variety of events throughout spring, summer and fall, including:
Ã‚Â· Lunchtime concert series
Ã‚Â· Saturday night dancing under the stars
Ã‚Â· Sunday ice cream socials
Ã‚Â· Movie nights
Ã‚Â· ChildrenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s events
Brenton Skating Plaza may also be rented for corporate events, weddings, family reunions and other events. If interested, call Brenton Skating Plaza at 284-1000. Additional information is also available at http://www.brentonplaza.com.
Opening day for the 2007-08 Brenton Plaza Skating season is scheduled for Nov. 16, 2007.
Downtown River Proposal
March 30, 2007--- An idea to put boats on the Des Moines River downtown is grabbing the attention of city leaders, as well as kayakers looking for a closer place to play.
For the past year, City Hall has been studying a project that would compliment the popular riverwalk and give the downtown economy a boost.
The project would start with the reconstruction of the Scott Street Dam, which City Manager Rick Clark deems as dangerous. A brand new dam nearby would raise the water levels of both the Des Moines and Raccoon Rivers to make them navigable.
But the idea doesn't end there. The proposal also calls for a man-made white water rafting course that would run parallel to the river, as well as a 60,000 square foot skateboard park next it to. Clark calls it the most dramatic and interesting ideas he's seen in a very long time.
Of course, the project is still in its infancy. Clark says, it is too soon to estimate a pricetag for the project, which may qualify for state and federal funds.
Des Moineser wrote:So, with this dam rebuilding, the Feds and the Corps of Engineers have to get involved in this? If that happens, this project will take years to complete. I'd love to see it happen, but we better start working hard on that now, to cut through all the red tape.
SUMMERS AT BRENTON PLAZA
DANCING UNDER THE STARS BEGINS MAY 12TH
WHETHER YOU'RE NEW TO DANCE, BRUSHING UP, OR WANTING TO TAKE YOUR DANCING TO THE NEXT LEVEL YOU'LL LOVE DANCING UNDER THE STARS!
ENTHUSISTIC INSTRUCTION SET AGAINST THE OUTDOOR PANORAMIC VIEW OF DOWNTOWN DES MOINES, THE DES MOINES RIVER AND THE HISTORIC STATE CAPITAL BUILDING, WE'LL MAKE YOUR DANCE LESSONS AN EXPERIENCE TO REMEMBER.
JENNIFER MALCOM, OWNER OF DANCESPORT OF IOWA WILL BEGIN WITH SALSA LESSONS.
CALL US TODAY AND REGISTER 284-1000
COMING IN JUNE! THE IOWA CONNECTION MOVIE SERIES FRIDAY NIGHTS AT 9PM
OPEN: THE PLAZA GRILL MONDAY Ã¢â‚¬â€œ FRIDAY 11 AM Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 1 PM
ENJOY A GRILLED HOT DOG, HAMBURGER, CHICKEN SANDWICH, OR A BRAT FOR ONLY $5. INCLUDES YOUR CHOICE OF CHIPS, COOKIE OR APPLE SLICES & A CAN OF POP OR BOTTLED WATER
TUESDAY Ã¢â‚¬â€œ TACO OR WALKING TACO
THURSDAY Ã¢â‚¬â€œ BBQ PORK
Brenton Skating Plaza
520 Robert D Ray Drive
Des Moines, IA 50309
Harkin secures early approval on river projects
REGISTER STAFF REPORTS
June 27, 2007
Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), said today the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee has approved money for several park and river projects in central Iowa, including Des MoinesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ riverwalk project.
The projects are expected to be approved by the full Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday, he said, noting that it will be voted on in the House and Senate before it becomes law.
"These important investments will help downtown Des Moines and central Iowa grow and thrive,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Harkin. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Riverwalk is fast becoming one of Des MoinesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ best attractions. Additionally, flood control improvements will help prevent a recurrence of the kind of flooding experienced in 1993.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The Des Moines River Greenbelt would receive $3 million if legislation is approved.
For the Des Moines River Greenbelt area in Des Moines, money will be used for recreation projects, including the Principal Riverwalk project
On the Des Moines River Greenbelt area in Pella, it will expand the Volksweg trail along the Des Moines River in the Marion County Center on the Rock. The funding may also be used for the expansion of other amenities.
Fort Dodge Riverfront Development Project will receive money to restore the natural environment along the riverfront by cleaning up potentially contaminated areas, stabilizing the riverbank, improving fishing and boating opportunities, and building trails.
Another $440,000 will be spent on early work to improve the Birdland Park and Central Place levees in Des Moines.
The Army Corps determined that the Birdland Park and Central Place levees do not meet federal standards and do not provide a certifiable level of protection, based on the Chief EngineerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Report in March 2006.
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