Plans for Former Amusement Park Unveiled

DES MOINES, Iowa – A Des Moines park could soon have a new future and one that pays tribute to its past.

Riverview Park was once a thriving amusement park along the Des Moines River. However, competition from Adventureland put it out of business and its attractions closed in 1978.

Since then it’s been an empty space but that could soon change.

Des Moines Parks and Recreation laid out a preliminary plan for the future of the park that calls for building a stage, walking paths and green space.

Pieces of the park’s past will be included in its future, including the classic sign at the entrance.

Displays will show visitors what the park once looked like including one of the roller coaster cars that once zoomed down a track at the park.

The parks and rec department estimates it will cost $3-million to complete the park plus another $800,000 for a trail connection.

These are still preliminary plans.

The department plans to continue gathering public input before finalizing the pitch to the city council.

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