Riverview Amusement Park was in operation from 1915-1978. After many, many years of stagnation, plans are under way once and for all for a master revitalization project.
"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.
As of July 2019, the coaster entry sign has been funded and approved for Phase 3.
Phases 1 and 2 are currently under construction. As part of Phase 1, the water service was installed and tested. Also in Phase 1, the concrete stage foundations and the beginning portions of the stage base will be cast. The large oval walk in Phase 2 is being graded and poured as well. Both Phase 1 and 2 contractors will continue to work over the summer months to complete both the concrete portion of the stage and the full site amenities around the park. The date for Phases 1 and 2 to be complete is November 15th, except for minor turf restoration at the close out of Phase 3.
Phase 3 will include the stage canopy and large steel arches and the now-included coaster arch sign at the east end of the bridge.