Principal River Walk

Once complete, The Principal Riverwalk will consist of a 1.2-mile looping trail with several notable amenities. This map shows the overall conceptual design and locations of the major amenities. Not Shown: Meredith Trail which connects the Principal Riverwalk with Gray's Lake.


 Conceptual Design of the Principal Riverwalk
Featured Artwork

Located in Long Look Garden

"Untitled," by artist Joel Shapiro

Located in Hansen Triangle

"Quantum Leaf" by artist Sally Pettus


University Ave –Scott St Bridge

City Hall and Long Look Civic Garden (400 Robert D. Ray Dr) – Long Look Garden was opened in 2006.

The garden was planted with bulbs, perennials, shrubs, ornamental grasses and roses. It is a beautiful design that has containers lining the edge of the colorful limestone walk. The containers have a 4 season display. Two additional holiday trees are placed next to the sculpture and holiday lights are installed on the roof. 
The sculpture ‘Untitled’ by Joel Shapiro is owned and maintained by the Des Moines Art Center.
Simon Estes Amphitheater (71 E. Locust St) – There are numerous weddings, gatherings, and other events that take place that Park staff assists with putting up a fence or the electrically board.
Asian Garden (700 Robert D Ray Rd) – The City of Des Moines is working on an agreement with the Chinese Cultural Center of America. 
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 to be maintained by Parks. Per Mar security now has cameras in the pagoda to deter vandalism.
West River Drive (University Avenue - Center Street) 
This area has just been approved for a skate park and dog park.
Principal Park Pedestrian Bridge (SE 1st and Scott St Bridge) 
No annual plantings are done along this area.  The plant material includes Serviceberry trees, shrubs and ornamental grasses. The downtown crew waters and maintains plants and empties trash receptacles.