Posts Tagged ‘Events’May 19, 2011
Not only is Water Works Park a popular spot for walks, bike rides, weddings, and family gatherings, it’s also the venue for many organized events such as concerts, marathons and the annual Jolly Holiday Lights display.
On May 14, Hy-Vee hosted the 10th annual Kids Fishing Derby in the park. Rain, mud and cold temps didn’t stop people from enjoying the event. An estimated crowd of 10,000-12,000 people were in attendance. This year $50,000 was raised for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa, bringing the total donations over the 10-year period to $773,000.
The large event field in the western portion of the park will be the site of the Summer Jam on Saturday, June 25, and the Big Country Bash on Sunday, June 26. The crowd size is expected to range from 5,000 people at the rock concert to over 20,000 for the country show.
Park hours are 6:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m. daily. Park Police Officers are available for emergencies and other park-related questions or concerns. The morning officer can be reached at (515) 208-1900 and the afternoon officer can be reached at (515) 208-1872.
Contact Des Moines Water Works staff at (515) 283-8752 for shelter and park reservations or arboretum donations. The donor tree program has been suspended; however donations can still be made to the Park Fund that helps maintain the collection of trees and plants.
The Des Moines Botanical Center is a destination oasis in the middle of Des Moines. Besides the awesome view of the Des Moines River, the new Principal Riverwalk and a balmy getaway from the elements, the Botanical Center is able to host events of all kinds, and also has a great gift shop.
There is so much more to do at the Botanical Center than view the gardens. If you’re a shopper, shop here. If you like to enjoy a nice lunch with a beautiful view, dine here. If you just got engaged and are planning your wedding and reception, book it here. If you are looking for a place to hold an off-site meeting, meet here. If you need food and beverage for a business or social event, cater through here. If you are on your 20-year class reunion committee, plan your gathering here. If you’re celebrating your son or daughter’s 5th birthday, celebrate here.
The Botanical Center’s Garden Gate Gift Shop, located in the lobby, carries some of the most unique gifts and local-made treasures you can find. Our Riverwalk Café serves lunch daily, with the exception of Sundays, and offers a fantastic menu. Great Midwestern Catering operates the Riverwalk Café and can cater your next business or social function. The Botanical Center’s various rental facilities offer affordable options for your next business or social event. A scenic location on the east bank of the Des Moines River, easy access to I-235, ample free parking and handicapped accessibility combine to make the Des Moines Botanical Center one of the most popular places to hold an event in the Metro area!