We are grateful to be underway with our Phase I construction in 2018.
Our Foundation board volunteers, RDG Design and representatives from Des Moines Water Works, City of Des Moines, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Corps of Engineers and numerous experts, donors, individuals and organizations interested in the Park have conscientiously worked through the many issues surrounding design: element identification, placement, hydrology, size, scope, use, maintenance, aesthetics, future programming, etc. Plans were presented, reviewed, critiqued by both internal and external interests and refined. The final design plans were approved by the Park Foundation over the winter and put before the Water Works Board. 28E agreements between the Foundation and Des Moines Water Works have been developed to assure that no rate payer funds are used to construct or maintain the new park elements. Des Moines Water Works staff accepted a bid for construction.
Initial work will focus on the infrastructure and grading to support the elements planned to be constructed in 2018: the amphitheater, great lawn, celebration lawn, restrooms, marketplace, natural play areas and outdoor classrooms, pathways and parking. In 2019, in conjunction with the City’s planned renovation of Fleur Drive, we anticipate the construction of the passageway connecting Gray’s Lake Park to Water Works Park and the surrounding gardens/transition area.
We also hope to deliver an ADA accessible boat landing in the far west portion of the Park in a joint venture with the DNR. The landing will represent the first major new element in the Regional Water Trails Plan and a model for future ramps.
You can also download our latest brochure for other details.