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  1. 1. THE RIVERVIEW PARK PROJECT REPORT 2015 Heritage, History and Future of an Iowa institution Presented by Riverview - Parks Area Foundation Des Moines, Iowa ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS www.riverviewrising.co m
  2. 2. RIVERVIEW PARK PROJECT REPORT: Heritage, History and Future of an Iowa institution WHAT RIVERVIEW WAS WHATS PROPOSED WHATS BEING DONE RIVERVIEW OF THE FUTURE AGENDA www.riverviewrising.co m
  3. 3. THE RIVERVIEW PARK PROJECT IS AT THE SITE OF AN EARLY DES MOINES AMUSEMENT PARK THAT EXISTED FROM 1915 TO 1978 NEAR NORTH 6TH AVENUE IN DES MOINES Heritage, History and Future of an Iowa institution LOCATION www.riverviewrising.co m
  4. 4. Heritage, History and Future of an Iowa institution LOCATION www.riverviewrising.co m
  5. 5. A CITIZEN INITIATIVE FOR Heritage, History and Future of an Iowa institution Neighborhood improvement Cultural preservation Educational Opportunities Creation of needed public spaces PROJECT DESCRIPTION www.riverviewrising.co m The RIVERVIEW PARK project is
  6. 6. COMMUNITIE S Oak Park Highland Park Union Park Riverview www.riverviewrising.c om Heritage, History and Future of an Iowa The three PARKS Represented by Riverview - Parks Area Foundation
  7. 7. RIVERVIEW PARK PROJECT BEGAN IN 1992 GATHERED MOMENTUM IN 2009 BEGAN FRUITION IN 2014 Heritage, History and Future of an Iowa institution PROJECT DEVELOPMENT www.riverviewrising.co m
  8. 8. The CITIZEN INITIATIVE From the beginning, the Riverview Park initiative has been a locally sponsored and maintained effort, working with the encouragement and support of Des Moines city government agencies. CITIZEN PROJECT DEVELOPERS: The three Parks, represented by the PARKS AREA FOUNDATION Ken Boatwright, President In cooperation with: Highland Park Neighborhood Association Oak Park Neighbors Union Park Neighborhood Association and Friends of Riverview
  9. 9. A Citizen initiative for Des Moines Phase one The RIVIERA STAGE will be donated to the City of Des Moines when complete, a gift to the city. This citizen initiative will then be administered by Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department.
  10. 10. Heritage, History and Future of an Iowa institution THE RIVERVIEW THAT WAS: THE GOOD TIMES OF ENTIRE GENERATIONS OF DES MOINES RESIDENTS PARK HISTORY www.riverviewrising.co m
  11. 11. Heritage, History and Future of an Iowa institution Residents of Des Moines have fond memories of happy times at Riverview. Many have volunteered to help. Your participation will be welcome. www.riverviewrising.co m THE HERITAGE
  12. 12. PARK HISTORY
  13. 13. Happy place for Happy people The Riverview that was
  14. 14. Riverview Park was A place where generations thrilled to rides, shows, dances, and the roar of the roller coaster. A place for company picnics, wedding parties, and group outings. Home of the nationally-known RIVIERA BALLROOM 63 years of Family Fun
  15. 15. Entrance b&w pic OPENED 1915
  16. 16. Fun times at the Park
  17. 17. HHimalaya
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  24. 24. . Beginning of the end: LAST SEASON: 1978 Riviera Ballroom
  25. 25. Dismantled, 1979
  26. 26. Gone But not forgotten.>> RIVERVIEW PARK, 1915- 1978
  27. 27. THEN and NOW Statewide Attraction Recreational Venue Cultural Center Model for Theme Parks of the future Nature Park Event Center Recreational Trail Hub Parks system component Proposed museum 1915-1978 TODAY and THE FUTURE RIVERVIEW PARK
  28. 28. RIVERVIEW: A nature preserve 1992: Kiwanis Riverview Nature Island began THE FIRST STEP
  29. 29. 2009: RENDEZVOUS on RIVERVIEW concerts begin RIVERVIEW: a public space MAJOR USAGE
  30. 30. RIVERVIEW IS BECOMING A RECREATIO NAL TRAIL HUB
  31. 31. SUMMARY: Progress of Riverview Park Project It has been demonstrated that Riverview is a public space that attracts crowds. Floodplain management has assured that the site will continue to be viable. Projects already realized: RENDEZVOUS on RIVERVIEW hosts Music Performances Flood protection completed By Corps of
  32. 32. 2015 STATUS Riverview, part of Highland, Union and Oak Park neighborhood redevelopment, is being reborn as a cultural venue.
  33. 33. the RIVIERA STAGE FIRST PHASE BEING REALIZED 2015 www.riverviewrising.co m
  34. 34. Bridge Coaster Arch exhibit displays ENTRANCE PLAN
  35. 35. BRIDGE ENTRANCE
  36. 36. Entrance Bridge with plaques DONOR CREDIT GALLERY AND DONOR PLAZA HONOR THE DONORS www.riverviewrising.co m
  37. 37. EXHIBIT DISPLAYS
  38. 38. The COASTER SHELTERwww.riverviewrising.co m
  39. 39. Riviera Stage, a tribute to the RIVIERA BALLROOM www.riverviewrising.co m
  40. 40. PROJECT ONE: RIVIERA STAGE FOR COMPLETION 2015
  41. 41. Riverview heritage continues, with your help RIVERVIEW AS EDUCATIONAL ENVIRONMENT OPENING WINDOWS TO THE PAST FOR YOUNG PEOPLE OF TOMORROW. www.riverviewrising.co m PROJECTS UNDERWAY:
  42. 42. Riverview heritage continues, with your help RIVERVIEW AS SOCIAL VENUE BIKING, HIKING, PUBLIC PARK, A NEIGHBORHOOD GATHERING PLACE. www.riverviewrising.co m PROJECTS UNDERWAY:
  43. 43. PROJECT IS ON-GOING: EFFORTS DATE FROM 1999 EXISTING SUPPORT: THROUGHOUT DES MOINES PROJECT DEVELOPED: RECREATIIONAL TRAILS PROJECT DEVELOPED: BRIDGE ENTRANCE NEARING FULL USAGE: RIVIERA STAGE MEDIA INFO AVAILABLE: OVER 36 WEB SITES FUNDING CAMPAIGN: IN PROGRESS Riverview heritage continues, with your help www.riverviewrising.co m PROJECT SUCCESS POINTS:
  44. 44. Riverview heritage continues, with your help RIVERVIEW www.riverviewrising.co m A civic asset whose time has come A Force for a better Des Moines A Catalyst for Community Development A Recreational, Educational, and cultural asset for central Iowa CITIZENS UNITED TO MAKE RIVERVIEW PROJECTS HAPPEN NOW NEED YOUR HELP
  45. 45. Riverview heritage continues, with your help THE RIVERVIEW PARK PROJECT FUNDING SUPPORT IS NEEDED TO SUPPORT CONTINUED DEVELOPMENT JOIN US! www.riverviewrising.co m
  46. 46. Riverview heritage continues, with your help YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. YOUR SUPPORT IS NEEDED NOW. www.riverviewrising.co m JOIN US!
  47. 47. Riverview heritage continues, with your help The giving site Search or type in browser window: www.desmoinesfoundation.org/give-now Select fund: Riverview-Parks Area Foundation Fund And fill in your information donations are fully tax-deductible under (501(c) 3) JOIN US! www.riverviewrising.co m
  48. 48. Riverview heritage continues, with your help Now more than a dream. RIVERVIEW PARK www.riverviewrising.co m
  49. 49. Riverview heritage continues, with your help Go to the giving site Search or type in browser window: www.desmoinesfoundation.org/give-now Select fund: Riverview-Parks Area Foundation Fund And fill in your information donations are fully tax-deductible under (501(c) 3) JOIN US! www.riverviewrising.co m Presented by Riverview Parks Area Foundatio n Des Moines,