Streetwalker wrote:The new Riverwalk Bridge is stunning. Thank you Principal for your leadership and contribution. I'm happy that at least a few more blocks of the Riverwalk in downtown will be built this year. It is very expensive and time consuming so the whole thing should be expected to take years. If the Principal and the City can just keep adding a couple of new features or blocks each year they will be doing a good job. We're at no risk of having too much stuff on the riverfront. Judging from the use of the Simon Estes stage, the ice rink and the new bridges, Des Moines area residents will keep coming. The better question is what will be the new developments just a block or more off the riverfront? There is plenty of bare and underutilized ground available for mixed use, residential/commercial and (dare I say it) new office development. This recession will be over within a couple of years and gas and energy will no doubt be more expensive. Downtown Des Moines is ready for the increased density in our future.
hawk61401 wrote:The whole facade wouldn't need changing, just maybe enough to break up the monotony of it. Other cities have seen their buildings transformed like this power company in Cleveland did with their building http://hubpages.com/hub/Cleveland-Public-Power but don't panic, I'm not suggesting blue whales.
BriGuy wrote:Since you mentioned it Hawk, I think it would be kind of cool to have a Wyland whaling wall in the downtown. Most cities of size have one today which have become quite popular with tourists. Ideally it would be close to the river but not sure where that could be.
I totally agree that some beautification effort is needed for the power plant. What that could be I have no idea. I would think any city development plan would have taken this into consideration when planning the riverwalk.
hawk61401 wrote:BriGuy, I think it would be cool too and I have the perfect spot. One of the best that I can think of is the 6 - 7 story parking ramp at the corner of 10th St and Grand Ave. The west side of that ramp is a massive slate of white. You could see it from the sculpture park. Something like what Wyland did with this parking ramp in San Francisco.
Every block that has already received funding is now underway, including the portion of the riverwalk connecting to the ped bridge and going by the Mid-Am substation. Once complete, this pretty much leaves a few blocks near the Federal courthouses on the east side of the river as the last portion of Phase I to complete.
GoVerticalDSM wrote:While they're at it, they should do something about flood control around Simon Estes Amphitheater. Maybe raise the stage up a bit and add a second level with grandstand seating.
It has been flooded the last 2 years in a row for most of the season.
What a spectacular bridge. I can't believe it's in a place like Des Moines!
hawk61401 wrote:Anybody know? ... is there going to be a riverwalk trail or something along side of and east of the electric substation? I noticed there's a dump truck and excavator working down in there.
dogbo wrote:hawk61401 wrote:Anybody know? ... is there going to be a riverwalk trail or something along side of and east of the electric substation? I noticed there's a dump truck and excavator working down in there.
I've never heard for sure, but they tore up the riverbank last fall and continue working in that area now. My guess is "yes", which would mean you will be able to walk along the river there or take the path on the other side of the substation through the Hansen Triangle.
DMRyan wrote:It's nice to see all of the construction erupt on the riverfront again. Work is most concentrated on Court Avenue, where there's about 3 or 4 riverwalk projects underway at once. The kiosk foundation looks complete and I would imagine we'll see steel rising the next month or two. Further north, work has started with the completion of the permenant landing for the Center Street Ped Bridge, safety improvements to 2nd Avenue where the ped bridge empties out near Wells Fargo Arena, a new recreational trail along 2nd Avenue, and a new flood wall and promenade on the river side of the Mid-Am substation. Work will also get going this year on the completion of the riverwalk from the Center Street Ped Bridge to Grand Avenue.
It sure would be nice to have this be the year to finally wrap all of this up and get a continious riverwalk trail loop finally finished.
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