Des Moines Arts Festival Features Reclaimed City Trees in VIP Area

Press Release

Des Moines, Iowa — Friday, June 25, 2021 — The Des Moines Arts Festival made its return to Western Gateway Park today, after being canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. City cameras captured a time-lapse of setup for the Arts Festival from the rooftop of the Des Moines Public Library from Wednesday morning through Friday morning.

While there, visitors can take in the one-of-a-kind display created by Silent Rivers Design+Build in the VIP area that was created with reclaimed City trees that were deforested due to prevent the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer.

"It’s beautiful to see those City trees that had to come down find new life in this display for everyone to see,” Interim City Forester Shane McQuillan said. “It’s never our goal to take down trees, but sometimes it’s strategically necessary as we nurture and grow our urban forest."

The Arts Festival is running Friday June 25th through Sunday June 27th.

Devin Perry
Communications Specialist, City Manager’s Office
(515) 283-4035

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