Recently Completed Projects
A selection of recently completed capital improvement project budget funded work across the park and trail system:
MacRae Park Walker Shelter
WPA-era limestone shelter built in 1939, located at the southwest corner of MacRae Park, renovated into a four-season, enclosed rental shelter.
MacRae Park Road Phase 1
First of a multi-phase project that will rebuild MacRae Park road. Included a 1/4 mile of roadway and 19 new parking stalls adjacent to the newly remodeled MacRae Park Walker Shelter.
Ewing Lilac Arboretum Plaza
This circular concrete plaza was constructed south of the lilac parking area and includes tiered seating areas for small gatherings and informational signage about the Arboretum.
Allen Park Downtown Community Garden
42 new raised box garden plots added to Allen Park with water hydrants and other garden amenities.
Laurel Hill Infant Section Improvements
Improved concrete path system built in the northwest corner of Laurel Hill Cemetery provides greater access for visitors to the future expansion of this cemetery section.
Evelyn K. Davis Park Fitness Equipment
Six new pieces of exercise equipment were installed near the large open-air shelter and half basketball court. The project includes a variety of equipment to serve a wide range of interests.
Belle M. Turner Park
With the assistance of volunteers and neighborhood participants installed new playground, equipment, benches, bike racks, picnic tables and improved park entries. ADA accessibility improvements were also made throughout the park.
Stewart Square Park
Via the annual Rebuilding Together Project, installed an impressive new playground, tree plantings, many new trees, perennial flower plantings and new bike racks. ADA accessibility improvements, earth shaping and a monument restoration were also completed.
6th Avenue Trail Connection
Constructed a 375-foot trail connection linking the 6th Avenue Corridor to the Neal Smith Trail. The linkage also includes the installation of directional signage and an information panel.
Bill Riley Trailhead Update
Improvements included the removal of undesirable vegetation, turf seeding, the construction of an ornamental planting bed, and grading for enhanced storm water management.
Glendale Cemetery Road Reconstruction-Phase 1
Reconstructed 4,000 feet of roadway in Glendale Cemetery.
Glendale Abbey Restoration Phase 2
Installed a new HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system and electrical upgrades. The new system will help remove moisture inside the building and condition the space for year-round use.
M.L. King Jr. Park Open Air Shelter
Relocated an under-utilized open-air shelter from the Birdland Sports Complex to its new location adjacent to the splash pool in M.L. King Jr. Park. The improvement included a new concrete pad and re-painting the shelter.
Ewing Park Flow Track
Constructed a single track trail featuring banked curves, rolling terrain, and a consistent packed dirt riding surface.
Columbus Park Tennis Court Resurfacing
Repairs and resurfacing improved the appearance, playability, and added years to the life of these well-used courts.
Drake Park Playground Surfacing
Removed the old damaged playground surfacing and installed new poured-in-place rubber playground surfacing.
Complete renovation of this 4.5 acre park included a new playground, open air shelter, sprayground, overlook, path system, many new trees and landmark hillside slide, while preserving the neighborhood’s well-loved sledding hills.
Facility upgrades introduced a new and exciting outside partner-run restaurant within Birdland Park. Its adjacency to our trail system and marina has made it a favorite destination within the city.
Parks Signage Phase 5
Added new primary signs at these parks and facilities: Brook Run, Burke, Cheatom, Frisbie, Jordan, Riley, Stewart Square, Vlassis Greenway, the Dan and Mary Kelly Family Sprayground and Jay Spence Shelter House signage.
Pioneer Columbus and Fourmile Community Recreation Centers were both outfitted with new three dimensional lettering on the outside of the buildings to assist with providing a stronger identity for these facilities.
Neal Smith Trail Renovation Phase 1
Widened and resurfaced 1.07 miles of existing recreation trail from Riverview Park to Euclid Avenue.
McHenry Trail Connection
Constructed a 3/4-mile soft-surface recreation trail connection between McHenry Park and the Interurban Bridge.
Prospect Park Disc Golf Course
A new 18-hole disc golf course was constructed in Prospect Park with the help of the Des Moines Disc Golf Club.
Fourmile Creek Streambank Restoration
Restored more than 260 feet of deteriorated streambank with innovative repair methods to enhance water quality and protect recreation trail corridor.
Fourmile Community Center
Improvements include a new reception/help desk that is visible from the front entrance allowing visitors immediate access.
Birdland Trail Connection
Constructed a 1/4-mile multi-use concrete trail connection along Saylor Road connecting north to Birdland Drive.
Martin Luther King Jr. Park Exercise Equipment
Four pieces of outdoor fitness equipment were installed by AARP of Iowa and Habitat for Humanity.
Installed a new playground, basketball court mural surface, sidewalk, Civil War memorial area, benches, bike racks, entry sign, and planted trees with volunteers and funding from Rebuilding Together.
Pioneer Park Road
Improvements include the reconstruction of the Pioneer Park road and parking areas, new picnic areas with picnic tables and grills, and new ADA accessible sidewalks connecting all of the Facilities.
Pioneer Columbus Community Center
Improvements include a new reception/help desk, a new north entrance, a new fitness area, a new computer area, and an expanded multipurpose room.
SW Fifth Street Bridge
Renovation of a historically significant bridge, sometimes referred to as the Jackson Street Bridge, built in 1898 to become a landmark of our trail system.
Gray’s Lake Entry Signs
Both park entry signs were dismantled, repaired and repainted to complete the full renovation.
Dan and Mary Kelly Family Foundation Sprayground
A new push button interactive water playground with 15 spray features opened in Greenwood Park.
Walnut Creek Streambank Restoration
Restored 294 feet of deteriorated streambank with innovative repair methods to enhance water quality and protect recreation trail corridor.
Waveland Golf Course Water Quality Enhancement Phase 1
Stormwater improvements to Waveland Golf Course #3 including new stormwater pipe, grading, sod, and seed.
Glendale Abbey Restoration Phase 1
Restoration of the exterior of the Abbey including tuck-pointing mortar joints, stone repair, and cleaning of the stone exterior. In addition, a new roof was installed on the Abbey.
Water Slide Restoration
Includes the restoration of the waterslides at Birdland Pool, Nahas Aquatic Center, Northwest Aquatic Center, and Teachout Aquatic Center.
Trail Closure Gates
The installation of 25 new gates throughout the trail system that will allow us to close the trails during flood conditions.
Tennis Court Resurfacing
Includes repairing the cracks and resurfacing the tennis courts at Burke Park and Brody School Park.