Riverview Amusement Park was in operation from 1915-1978. After many, many years of stagnation, a master revitalization project is nearing completion.

"The redevelopment of Riverview Park is an exciting opportunity for investment and revitalization of the north side of Des Moines,” said Linda Westergaard, Ward 2 City Council Representative, “I'm excited that Variety has chosen to help make Riverview Park a destination by building the fully inclusive Star Playground here. The Star Playground will be a unique and wonderful feature of the renovated Park area and will create lasting memories for the next generation of kids that experience Riverview.”

Upon completion, the playground will be gifted to the City of Des Moines. Des Moines Parks and Recreation department will be responsible for maintenance and upkeep.

Donations can be sent to:

Parks Area Foundation

P.O. Box 3323

Des Moines, Iowa 50316. 

Project Update

As of July 2019, the coaster entry sign was funded and approved for Phase 3.

Phases 1 and 2 are mostly complete. As part of Phase 1, the water service was installed and tested. Also in Phase 1, the concrete stage foundations and portions of the stage base were cast. The large oval walk in Phase 2 has been graded and poured as well. 


Phase 3 includes the stage canopy and large steel arches and the now-included coaster arch sign at the east end of the bridge, as well as turf renovations. The Riviera stage open in the summer of 2020.

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