Riverview Park was a piece of Des Moines history as an amusement park between 1915 and 1978. When I first moved to Des Moines in the early 2000’s there were still small remnants of Riverview Park in its place, but with the 2008 flooding and the flood controls that followed, most of those remnants disappeared.
The park remained mostly an open grassy area, accessible from the Neil Smith Bike Trail, McHenry Park, and a walking bridge off Corning Avenue until the recently completed City of Des Moines Parks improvement project, marked by the opening of the Riviera Stage and accessible playground. Personally, I found it a great place to get some great aerial views of Des Moines with the Des Moines River in the foreground and the downtown skyline and capitol in the distance.
Named after Riverview Park’s Riviera Ballroom, the newly opened Prairie Meadows Riviera Stage provides an outdoor concert venue. Commissioned by lighting and electrical engineering contractor, KCL Engineering, and architect Ask Studio, Vertigo Photography was at the June 4 opening event from the air and ground.
Variety Star Playground carries forward the Riverview Park amusement park theme with roller coaster and bumper car themed play equipment and information panels.