Update on Water Works Park’s Master Plan

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Starting this June, the Des Moines Water Works Foundation will begin work on a $9 million capital campaign to make improvements to the park.

“We are very excited,” said Sam Carrell, Des Moines Water Work Foundation. “We’ve identified different elements that will be included in the 1st phase so we are excited for the fundraising aspect because it will allow them to become a reality.”

The identified projects will provide improved opportunities for visitors to access Water Works Park and enjoy their time in the park. From walking, running and biking to birding, horseback riding and exploring, most of the park will remain wild. Throughout the park, improvements to trails, signage, lighting, restrooms, parking and security will enhance the user experience.

“I think people will be incredibly excited with this renovation,” said Carrell. “It will be game changer much like Gray’s Lake was."

The east end of the park will see some of the biggest improvements. It will feature the addition of a connecting passageway to Gray’s Lake, a community gathering space and performance venue, trails and gardens complete with seating and facilities for food vendors, outdoor classrooms, natural play areas, restrooms and parking.

The upgrades will include classic architecture and timeless design while using flood-resilient materials and construction processes that will provide low-cost maintenance for both Des Moines Water Works and the Foundation. The vast majority of improvements are being made in the area of the park least likely to flood, which is typically only impacted by 100-year flood events.