Eight years after crews broke ground, the Principal Riverwalk along the Des Moines River is finally complete.
Principal Financial group helped launch the project in 2004 to connect downtown Des Moines to more than 300 miles of biking and walking trails.
Crews ran into a few challenges during construction including: the removal of lead-based paint from the old railroad bridge, the floods of 2008 and the design of the new Center Street Bridge.
“The bridge on the north, the Center Street Bridge, is a huge project and really an iconic bridge now that’s lit at night,” said Mary O’Keefe, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at The Principal. “That’s beautiful for the city, but it was a very complicated project because it had to be built from the water.”
Visitors to the Principal Riverwalk can enjoy a variety of activities such as ice skating at the Brenton Skating Plaza, walking the 1.2 mile Riverwalk loop and relaxing at the new Hub Spot Café.
A formal ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place this spring.