Gray's Lake Park

Des Moines, IA

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Landscape Architecture Overview:

This "crown jewel" of the city’s park system acts as a trailhead to the regional trails system, provides much needed recreational amenities and hotel/conference facilities, and serves as a "postcard" for Des Moines. Previously under-utilized, Gray’s Lake is now a centerpiece of community culture, a focal point for every visitor, and a hub of activity in the shadows of the Des Moines skyline. The loop recreational trail provides access to a variety of amenities, including boardwalks, water play areas, boat ramps, marinas, and a park resource center.

  • CLIENT: City of Des Moines
  • COMPLETE: May 2002
  • SIZE:
    100 Acre lake and surrounding park
  • AWARDS:
    • ASLA Iowa Chapter - Merit Award - 2002
    • ASLA Regional Chapter - Merit Award - 2005
    • American Planning Association - Top 10 Great Public Spaces for 2011 - 2011
  • View Related Project Types:
    Parks & Recreation