If the new pedestrian bridge was made as a single lane bridge without an arch in the sky it would look better, and it would probably save us enough money to build a second pedestrian bridge over the Des Moines or Racoon somewhere else in downtown.
DMRyan wrote:We may be looking at the Arts Festival at Waterworks Park for a year or two.
DMRyan wrote:I wonder how much the floods have thrown off the schedule of the pedestrian bridge. Work has come to a standstill on the project for weeks now having to secure and restore a construction site through a mini local disaster.
DMRyan wrote:The west side of the riverfront north of red ped bridge is an embarrassment right now.
Regional skate park plan awaits OK for site
By CLAIRE HAWS Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ firstname.lastname@example.org Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ July 29, 2008
A Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department committee working to create new skating opportunities in the city is eager for construction of a regional facility. At the same time, city crews are hustling to complete a smaller skate park on the east side that has fallen behind because of uncooperative spring and summer weather.
The committee's effort at a regional park grew out of work four years ago by the nonprofit group AMOS - A Metropolitan Organizing Strategy - to increase youth recreation opportunities.
The biggest project under consideration is a 65,000 square-foot regional skate park near downtown Des Moines. Planners say it would be the biggest in the country.
"It would really be a destination park for skaters from around the country," said Jan Hill, who serves on the city committee and is the mother of an avid skateboarder.
Hill said organizers are anticipating receiving approval this summer for the proposed site near Southeast Sixth Street and Scott Avenue.
Hill, who lives on the west side, estimated it would cost $4 million to construct the skate park, with the city committed to providing $500,000. Fundraising appeals to skate equipment companies, professional skateboarders and other businesses, as well as grants and donations, would cover the rest of the construction costs. Subsect Skate Shop in Urbandale already is collecting contributions.
The park's designer, Site Design Group of Carlsbad, Calif., is one of the top skate park design firms in the country, committee members said. A conceptual design is expected yet this summer.
Initial plans call for half of the park to be used for "transition skating," including bowls and vertical ramps for advanced skaters. The other half would be designed for "street skating," with ledges, stairs and railings.
Hill said the hope is that construction could start in spring 2009, and be done within a year.
"The children of Des Moines and Iowa really deserve a wonderful skate park," she said.
Hill said a regional skate park will attract people from out of the area who are looking for new skating venues. She said she is proof that parents will travel the country with their skating children to visit skate parks on vacations.
"Skaters and their parents really will come and visit great parks," said Hill, who has taken her son and his friends on several trips across the country to skate at new parks.
Hill said that the local skateboarding population is large, but often isn't very visible to the public.
"We're trying to create a place where they could go and gather, and that would be a quality skate park," Hill said.
Scott Cleland, a Roosevelt High School student who skates and competed in a national event in California this summer before touring with Death Wish Skateboards, said a regional park in Des Moines would be a popular attraction and would keep many skaters from using property that has enticing features but is not designed for skating.
"It'd make everyone a lot happier - skateboarders and probably the city," Cleland said. "It would be used, if they built it."
The regional skate park is only one part of Des Moines' efforts to create more skating spaces. There are also efforts under way to establish more local skate zones within existing city parks.
The first Parks and Recreation Department skate park was set to open July 1 at the Four Mile Community Center, 3711 Easton Blvd., but has been postponed indefinitely due to rain and flooding that delayed construction.
The 6,000 square-foot facility will be open to skateboarders and in-line skaters from 6 a.m. until sunset daily. A skate park webcam showing live shots of the park via the Internet also is planned.
Hill said city officials also plan to create a skate park at Tower Park, 4900 Hickman Road, and possibly at Ewing Park, 5300 Indianola Road.
vansicek wrote:This may seem like a dumb question, but I'll ask it anyways. Has anyone noticed that the new pedestrian bridge does not look like the renderings at all? The latest renderings showed a huge arch as the main support. If you look at it right now it has large columns sticking into the air instead. Did I just miss something or what?
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