Principal Park could get major upgrades under a preliminary plan obtained by Axios that's expected to go before the Des Moines City Council next week.
Why it matters: Many of the first elements of the five-phase plan are necessary for the park to remain in compliance with new Minor League Baseball (MiLB) facility requirements.
- But it also lays out improvements intended to extend the life of the facility for another 30-50 years.
State of play: The city-owned attraction, which opened in 1992 and is leased to the Greater Des Moines Baseball Co., is among the oldest Triple-A East stadiums.
- Failure to meet the MiLB's initial facility improvement benchmarks by April of 2023 could result in the league taking away the city's franchise.
Details: Under the plan that DSM commissioned in May, the Iowa Cubs' home would get a new main entry, parking garage, mezzanine suites, play area with water features and public art.
- Cost estimates have not yet been established.
- Donors or sponsorships will play a role in the timelines, Jenny Richmond, an assistant DSM Parks and Recreation Department director told the agency's board during an Oct. 26 presentation.
What's ahead: The plan is expected to go before the City Council Nov. 15.
- City leaders would likely to incorporate the first phase into upcoming budgets and work could begin in coming months.
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