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May 30, 2015


LAUNCH is a new annual and FREE event aimed at drawing new and current users into Water Works Park to explore its many recreational opportunities.

Each year the event will prominently feature one new “launch.” This year’s launch is a public art installation by New York-based artist Mary Mattingly, whose work will invite residents to rediscover Des Moines’ river- town roots and re-imagine what is possible for the region’s creeks and rivers.

The event will center around “The Village” in the Denman Woods area of the Park, which will host food and beverage vendors, user group booths, stage/music and entertainment. From the village attendees can join park user groups in other parts of the park for events whether it be an ultimate Frisbee game, a birding tour, walking/running tour, paddling, cycling, yoga, drum circle, kite flying, etc. We will have a posted schedule in advance and in The Village. Activities and entertainment will run the entirety of the event.

Notably, the event will launch two major regional efforts celebrating our rivers:

· The launch of a regional water trails plan aimed at developing a roadmap for enhancing citizen experiences in and along the urban waterways. More information at: www.dmampo.org.

· The launch of Phase 1 implementation of the Water Works Park Master Plan.

More information including full schedules, parking info and map here on dmwwpf.org


May 30, 2015


Des Moines Water Works Park Foundation