August 28, 2013

Changes in the Works: Open House for Water Works Park Master Plan

1Des Moines Water Works, in collaboration with Sasaki Associates and RDG Planning & Design, invites the public to see the exciting changes in the works for one of the largest urban parks in the nation.  A public open house for the Water Works Park Master Plan will be held on September 10, 5:00-8:00 p.m., at Water Works Park’s event lawn (west end of the park off of George Flagg Parkway). Signs and volunteers will guide visitors to the site. Enjoy food, music and family-fun activities that will assist visitors to envision what’s on tap for Water Works Park.

The evening’s activities include paddleboarding and canoeing demonstrations, a water dance performance, a guided ecology bike tour, live music, fishing tips and tricks, and community eco-art projects for the whole family. See below for a complete list of activities and schedule. Enjoy free tacos from Tacopocalypse and free re-usable water bottles for the first 200 people. Your feedback on the park plan is the only request.

In the event of inclement weather, activities will be held at Des Moines Water Works’ general office building, located at 2201 George Flagg Parkway.

For the latest updates, visit For more information about the event, contact Teva Dawson at (515) 244-8590 or [email protected].

Water Works Park Master Plan Open House: September 10, 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Throughout the evening, from 5:00-8:00 p.m.

  • Enjoy free tacos from Tacopocalypse for the first 200 people.
  • Free re-usable water bottles for the first 200 people or bring your own re-usable water bottle and fill up at Des Moines Water Works’ mobile water station.
  • Live music.
  • Learn about Water Works Park’s future amenities and provide feedback on the plan.
  • View paddleboarding demonstrations by No Coast Stand Up.
  • Win a prize by participating in a scavenger hunt.
  • Share a picture of yourself next to a future park amenity in the photo booth and enter to win a prize if shared on the “Changes in the Works” Facebook site.
  • Learn tips and tricks for successful fishing by experts from Izaak Walton League.
  • Gain river paddling advice and demonstrations by Central Iowa Paddlers.
  • Hang with the horses from Irish Run Farms and learn about riding the bridle trails at Water Works Park.
  • Write your wish for the park and the river through the “wishing ribbons” eco-art project, hosted by Open Arts.
  • Participate in green arts activities, hosted by Metro Arts Alliance.
  • “Fish for Pollutants”  by using a fishing pole to see how many pollutants like dirt, trash, fertilizer, pet waste and pesticides you can “fish” out of the water.

6:00 p.m.

  • Water Dance – Paddleboarding dance performance by modern dance company, Hurley and Dancers.

6:15 p.m.

  • Guided Ecology Bike Tour – Learn about the watersheds, flood plain forest ecosystems and the restoration of disturbed areas, including the infamous “Lost Planet.” A limited number of B-cycle Bikes from the Bike Collective will be available for use.  Note: The trail is not strenuous, but participants will ride on asphalt, gravel and mowed grass.
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6 Responses to “Changes in the Works: Open House for Water Works Park Master Plan”

  1. September 08, 2013 at 10:51 pm, Cynthia McFarlane said:

    Sounds like fun! Count me in!


  2. September 09, 2013 at 9:24 am, Mel said:

    Please leave the beautiful picnic sites with the stone fireplaces intact. They are a wonderful respite for my husband, dog, and I on those chilly weekends!!


  3. September 10, 2013 at 1:40 am, Carla Johnson said:

    I have input but cannot attend the event. On a less public forum I would like to have an email address where I can communicate my preferences and suggestions for improving the park into a more user friendly place.


    • September 10, 2013 at 8:01 am, Laura Sarcone said:

      Hi, Carla

      You can e-mail [email protected] and in the subject line, write “Attention: Park Plan.” We will make sure your comments get to the planning committee.


  4. September 10, 2013 at 11:44 am, David Thelen said:

    The following are ideas to improve Water Works parks. Please consider these concepts for this park.
    First, organizers ought to have theme days at Water Works Park. There could be a theme day for children of the military, autistics kids, get in fit days, cancer survivor days, and on and on it goes. This way people of like background can meet people of like background at Water Works Park.
    Second, they ought to install things to rent like bikes, snowshoes and cross-country skis at this park. This way people may use these items at the park to get that exercise.
    Third, build a cabin with a conference or meeting room at a smart area of this park. They would install two large windows, one facing east and one facing west, of this room.
    Perhaps it could be the Raccoon River as you look out of this large window. In addition, if built at the right location, you could see out of these windows both beautiful sunrises and sunsets.
    Fourth, bid out contracts for an eatery, like a sandwich shop and coffee shop, to build a restaurant adjacent to this conference room. Then people may buy food and coffee meeting at this adjacent conference room.
    Fifth, build this cabin with this meeting room and eatery on the second floor to allow room for flooding on the first floor. With this meeting room on the second story would really enhance the view out the window of this room.
    Sixth, install indoor fish tanks, water falls and plants, sort of like they have at the Botanical Center, to sooth hurting souls. They could also create a stage for live music and perhaps plays.
    Seventh, install high tech Internet systems, which include large screens for videos to be projected from a computer, as well. This will enhance the educational experience of any meeting being held at this conference room.
    Eighth, meetings would be held for people of these theme days at this conference room. It could be held at sunrise or sunset of sunlight beaming right into this large window. Thus it would enhance the total experience of a meeting held at this meeting room. The speaker would have this beautiful sun position right behind this person.
    Ninth, install chairs that can be moved around in this meeting room. This way after a moving speech, people can break down into groups of 5-7 people. Thus they could talk about their challenges. Then afterwards they could use Water Works Park’s rental equipment outdoors if so desired.
    Tenth, create some land space that can be used for playing soccer and volleyball. This way these 5-7 people (mentioned above) can play together. Thus help strengthen their friendship bonds.
    Please consider these 10 ideas to improve Water Works Park, It could be ways to enhance the total experience of this park.


    • September 10, 2013 at 12:24 pm, Laura Sarcone said:

      Thanks for your comments, David. They have been sent to the planning committee.


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