Create a Connection

Since ground was broken in 2004, much progress has been made along The Principal Riverwalk in downtown Des Moines, including:

  • Brenton Skating Plaza
  • Long Look Garden
  • Union Railroad Bridge
  • Hansen Triangle
  • Meredith Trail and
    connector to Gray’s Lake

The signature Center Street Bridge is open to the public. Construction on the pedestrian and multi-purpose trails, as well as the Court Avenue plazas will follow, with an eye toward completing the project in 2012.

Combined with the original funding provided by the Principal Financial Group Foundation, Inc., and additional support from the City of Des Moines, Vision Iowa, federal grants, many generous corporate and individual donors, The Principal Riverwalk is now 75 percent funded.

Help us pave the way. The Riverfront Development Authority invites you to create a connection by helping to support the building and maintenance of The Principal Riverwalk.

Learn more about The Principal Riverwalk:

Create Your Connection: Buy a brick!

Create a connection today and honor someone you know with a commemorative brick that will be placed on The Principal Riverwalk. A contribution to The Principal Riverwalk is a great way to express your pride in our community and your belief in its future potential.

The proceeds from each $150 brick will be put toward the construction and future maintenance of The Principal Riverwalk.

Your brick can be for:

  • Yourself, your family, your friends
  • To honor the memory of a friend or loved one
  • A special occasion — anniversaries, birthdays or important milestones
  Buy a brick!
Note: Online payments are made through Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines.

How much text can be engraved on each brick?

You can request up to 3 lines of text with up to 15 characters per line.

Where and when will the bricks be installed?

Thousands of commemorative bricks will be placed at the landings on either side of the signature Center Street Bridge. Current plans call for the first group of bricks to be installed fall 2011.

Is the purchase tax deductible?

The full $150 purchase is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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