Pappajohn Sculpture Park
In September 2009, the Des Moines Art Center and the City of Des Moines partnered to open a 4.4-acre sculpture park in the heart of Downtown Des Moines. It currently displays 24 works of art worth a combined $40 million, a collection that ranks among the most artistically significant sculpture parks in the nation. Local philanthropists and lifelong art collectors John and Mary Pappajohn donated their sculptures to the Des Moines Art Center to create a new public art space in partnership with the City of Des Moines.
Western Gateway Park is located on 13 acres from 10th Street to 15th Street between Grand and Locust. It incorporates a concept of a mix of green space and buildings, private and public spaces, and old and new. It includes the following buildings: Central Library, Pappajohn Higher Education Center, Arlington-Hallet Apartments, and the Temple for the Performing Arts. Western Gateway Park is a joint effort of the City of Des Moines and the business community and serves as a catalyst for redevelopment in downtown Des Moines.
This park is in the heart of the new mixed-use district and is a memorable entry into downtown as well as an attraction for the entire community. It serves as a perfect location for Dam to Dam participants to celebrate their accomplishments while enjoying music, food, drink and fun.