MidAmerican Energy to build 9-acre downtown park
Downtown is getting a new park with construction expected to start in coming months, Polk County Conservation spokesperson Jessica Lown tells Axios.
Why it matters: Two Rivers Park will be adjacent to the Market District, a 10-block industrial area near the East Village that's being redeveloped into an urban neighborhood.
- The area's development could exceed $1 billion and nearby amenities like parks could enhance its future.
Plus, it's being constructed without taxpayer contributions.
- MidAmerican Energy Company owns the nine-acre site and is paying for its development but did not answer Axios' question Wednesday about the park's cost.
Details: The site is near the confluence of the DSM and Raccoon rivers, near Principal Park.
- It's the former location of MidAmerican's Two Rivers Service Center, which was razed in 2019 after the company moved some of its operations.
Driving the news: MidAmerican presented preliminary park plans to the Polk County Conservation Board last week.
- A river overlook, event lawn, restrooms and a parking lot were included in the plans.
- Designers continue working with county conservation officials to include things like native grasses, rain gardens and trees, Lown says.
Zoom in: MidAmerican will continue to own the land but the park's ongoing maintenance and care will be managed by Polk County.
- Operations will cost about $300,000 a year, which Polk County and the city will split, Conservation Board director Rich Leopold said in last week's meeting.
What they're saying: The park is envisioned to be a landmark, MidAmerican spokesperson Tina Hoffman tells Axios.
- "Yes, it's a great thing for the Market District but it's also a great thing for DSM," Tim Rypma, a developer who is working on the district project, tells Axios.
What next: Final design phases will be completed in coming months.
- Some parts of the park could be open by late next year, Lown says.
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