Simon Estes Riverfront Amphitheater
The Simon Estes Riverfront Amphitheater is located downtown just south of City Hall at East First between Locust and Walnut. This beautiful location has been used for fun runs and walks, bike rides, political campaigns, concerts, class reunions, and weddings. It is the perfect place for any outdoor activity! Plan your next event at Simon Estes Riverfront Amphitheater just make sure you obtain all necessary permits. The City of Des Moines has a licensed vendor to dispense alcoholic beverages. User must work through this vendor if alcoholic beverages are to be available either for sale or at no cost to the guests.
Pappajohn Sculpture Park
John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park (13th – 15th St Grand to Locust) The City of Des Moines has an agreement with the Edmondson Art Center for this area.
The interior of the park landscaping, benches, lights, sidewalks, signage, railings, and snow removal of interior sidewalks are taken care of by the Park and Recreation Department. All art work is owned and maintained by Des Moines Art Center. Des Moines Register article on Pappajohn Sculpture Park
Once complete, the Principal Riverwalk will consist of a 1.2-mile looping trail with several notable amenities. Click here
for additional information on the overall conceptual design and locations of the major amenities.
Principal Park, formerly Sec Taylor Stadium, is a minor league baseball stadium located in Des Moines, Iowa. It is the home field of the Pacific Coast League's Iowa Cubs.
Principal Park is located at the confluence of the Des Moines River and the Raccoon River in downtown Des Moines. The stadium seats 11,000 fans and has 45 luxury suites, 12 of which are in a building in left field that also houses the Cub Club restaurant. The Iowa State Capitol building is visible from beyond the center field fence, while some seats also provide views of the Des Moines skyline.
The Chinese Cultural Center of America built the beautiful Asian Garden. This specifically designed garden includes a Chinese pagoda, a large pond, landscaped gardens, handcrafted lights and many granite sculptures. The water for the pond comes from the Botanical Center; the large pumping system is maintained by the Park and Recreation department. Visit the Chinese Cultural Center of America for more information.
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, formerly known as the Des Moines Botanical Center, is an urban oasis dedicated to, “Exploring, explaining, and celebrating the world of plants.” There are many different outdoor gardens on the nearly 14 acres and inside the geodesic dome visitors are able to experience the tropics in all seasons.
The Botanical Garden is located at 909 Robert D Ray Drive and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information visit the Botanical Garden's website
Brenton Skating Plaza
Brenton Skating Plaza is a unique outdoor ice skating facility and family entertainment venue. Gifted by the Brenton Foundation, the facility is the first of its kind in the state of Iowa. Brenton Skating Plaza is located conveniently along The Principal Riverwalk on the Des Moines River waterfront. Stationed at 520 Robert D Ray Drive, it’s an integral part of the campaign to continue the reinvigoration of downtown Des Moines.
Brenton Skating Plaza is pleased to announce that it will be opening on November 19, 2010. The venue offers people of all ages the chance to ice skate in the open air, amid the snowflakes and under the stars. In the summer, the Brenton Skating Plaza transforms into an outdoor event center, playing host to community events, concerts, and other gatherings. Click here for additional information or call (515) 284-1000.