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Share your thoughts about Marina/Beach Park improvements at 2 meetings

Posted By Scott Schaefer On January 14, 2014 @ 7:11 pm In Headlines,Life,Politics | 7 Comments

Have you ever wondered how the City of Des Moines is able to make improvements to the Marina and Beach Park facilities and provide services for public use in a tough economic environment?

“For the short term, the City has met this challenge by reducing staffing levels, deferring operating and maintenance resources, improving efficiencies and by increasing user fees,” reads an announcement. “With the growing use of the facilities, a long term solution is needed to continue and sustain waterfront operations.”

So what do YOU think? The City wants to hear from you – please attend one of the following information sharing and comment sessions and share your thoughts:

  • Thursday, Jan. 16, 6:00pm – 7:00pm: Des Moines City Hall Council Chambers, 21630 11th Ave. S.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 28, 11:30am – Noon: Des Moines Senior Activity Center, 2045 S. 216th St.

Here’s more info:

The Des Moines Beach Park’s historic Auditorium has been rehabilitated with the help of state capital funds and is now a thriving rental venue to events of up to 500 attendees. Rental fees are charged to the users to cover the direct and overhead costs of the use. The historic Dining Hall will be rehabilitated this year also with the help of state capital funding and will be available for event rentals of up to 200 attendees. Rental fees are now being implemented for the use all waterfront venues.

Numerous free and low cost activities will continue in the Beach Park such as beachcombing, picnicking, summer concerts, outdoor movies, community events and water sports. The park provides access to the Des Moines Creek Trail making it your family friendly place to go for gatherings of all types.

The Marina’s newly completed bulkhead, promenade and parking lot improvements are enjoyed by thousands of users on a daily basis. Boaters, fishermen, walkers, cyclists and Farmers Market shoppers as well as their vehicles all converge at the Marina as the community meeting place.

The Marina has businesses and tenants that generate revenues that pay their way. The many waterfront recreational activities and special events are very important because they create a tourism destination and provide enjoyment to our citizens and visitors. These uses are not helping to cover the cost to maintain and improve these facilities. The long term solution to the preservation of the Marina and Beach Park is to create a revenue stream that will fund the improvements and services our citizens have told us are important:

  • Safety and security improvements to reduce vandalism and illegal behaviors occurring in the facilities
  • Renovation of the aging Beach Park and Marina facilities to include: restrooms, bulkheads, walkways, beach access, historic building repairs and play area
  • Support for community special events

This spring, the city is considering implementing a paid parking and parking permit system for Marina and Beach Park parking lots. Pay stations would be placed conveniently in the Marina’s south, central and north parking lots and in the front and back Beach Park lots. A fee schedule would be designed to accommodate the needs of the various users of the facilities.

For more information call the Des Moines Marina at 206-824-5700.

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