The Des Moines Water Works reached its goal of raising $200,000 to fund a master plan for re-envisioning the 1,500-acre Water Works Park in Des Moines between Fleur Drive and 63rd Street, the organization announced today.


The Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, Gray's Lake Park & Meredith Trail Fund, Polk County, Principal Financial Group Inc., Bankers Trust Co., Merchants Bonding Co., and CDS Global Inc., combined to donate $165,000. An additional $35,000 was received from private donors.


The master plan will be developed by a consultant team from Sasaki Associates in collaboration with RDG Planning & Design and Applied Ecological Services. The plan will aim to integrate the ecological and social functions of the park and river into a unified landscape, and to offer innovative design solutions to address ecological and recreational challenges specific to Water Works Park.


"Des Moines Water Works appreciates the generous support and enthusiasm from the community," said Ted Corrigan, Des Moines Water Works director of water distribution. "The support from local donors will allow us to take the next step towards re-envisioning Water Works Park.  We hope to build on the enthusiasm and move ahead with plans to reshape Water Works Park into a destination that balances outdoor recreational opportunities with water quality, education and watershed awareness."   


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