Western Gateway Park
10th & Locust Streets


Western Gateway Park is located on 13 acres from 10th Street to 15th Street between Grand and Locust.  The park is open daily from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. daily.  It incorporates a concept of a mix of green space and buildings, private and public spaces, and old and new.  It includes the following buildings:  Central Library, Pappajohn Higher Education Center, Arlington-Hallet Apartments, and the Temple for the Performing Arts. 

Western Gateway Park is a joint effort of the City of Des Moines and the business community and serves as a catalyst for redevelopment in downtown Des Moines.  This park is in the heart of the new mixed-use district and is a memorable entry into downtown as well as an attraction for the entire community.

Use Policies

Western Gateway Park and John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park Use Policies

Special Features 

Runnel Water Feature
Temple Chess Garden
John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture


Western Gateway ParkTemple Chess Garden
Western Gateway ParkWestern Gateway Park Temple Chess Garden
  • Bench
    Picnic Tables