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Projects

Projects that the PAF is pursuing or has recently completed include adding more streetscape further along Euclid east of Second Avenue, replacing the mural on the south side of the Highland Hardware building, Riverview Island, and revising the history book, "If They'd Just Blow Up the Bridges, We Would Be All Right." Written by James E. Jacobson in 1998, the book contains a variety of interesting facts about the area. Much of the information on the history page in this site was taken from the book. Retitled "The Streetcar Suburbs," it is now available in print and as a download.

 

The streetscape, funded by the SSMID program, is in the planning process. Ben Schuh, one of Des Moines's best artists and muralists, has completed the new mural. Riverview Island is now scheduled to be open to the public in the summer of 2020, with the return to the island of Rendezvous on Riverview, the free concert series.

Old mural and new design in Highland Park. PAF, along with the Iowa Arts Council, also sponsored a mural in Park Fair Mall.

Stage/Playground Update
On January 22nd 2018, the Des Moines City Council voted to make PAF the primary concessionaire of Riverview Park and put in place the construction of the Prairie Meadows Riviera Stage and Variety Star Playground. Construction began in 2019. Below are two pictures of the proposed stage location and Carousel Shelter concept at Prairie Meadows Riviera stage.