We are grateful to be readying for 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 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 are presented, reviewed, critiqued by both internal and external interests and refined. We are working toward final plan approval by the Park Foundation board and presenting to Des Moines Water Works and the City this fall.
Working through the different approval processes, we anticipate getting the projects out to bid in the winter with construction beginning in the spring of 2018. Initial work will focus on the infrastructure and grading to support the elements planned to be completed 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 Avenue, 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 more details.