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. 

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Project Update

With the construction of the stage, playground and site improvements nearing completion we are starting to work on 2021 programing.


We have laid out the park for social distancing and are hopeful that we will be able to have ROR in 2021.


ROR will be held every Friday in June and July beginning with the grand opening and ribbon cutting on Friday, June 4, 2021.


There are a number of other events being planned including a bike festival, BBQ & Blues Fest., Pan American Festival and a farmers market.


Keep an eye on this website for events as they develop and also for the new Riverview website that is now under construction.

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