Welcome to The Principal Riverwalk
The Principal Riverwalk features lighted, landscaped public spaces, world-class public art and unique pedestrian bridges and pathways that connect 300 miles of Central Iowa trails. The project was a gift to the City of Des Moines in honor of the 125th anniversary of the Principal Financial Group.
Focal points of The Principal Riverwalk include:
- Iowa Women of Achievement Bridge
- Brenton Skating Plaza
- Long Look Garden
- Union Railroad Bridge
- Hansen Triangle
- Meredith Trail and connector to Gray’s Lake
- The Hub Spot
- Promenade & Multi-Use Trail
The Principal Riverwalk was completed in early 2013. As hoped, the project has helped strengthen the heart of our city, unite the east and west sides of downtown and provide opportunities for outdoor recreation. It has also spurred additional development in the surrounding area, adding to a more vibrant downtown.
New opportunity: Honor a Woman of Achievement
This spring, as part of The Principal Riverwalk dedication, the iconic bridge at Center Street in downtown Des Moines will be officially named "The Iowa Women of Achievement Bridge." The bridge will display the names of women from Iowa's history who have been nominated by citizens and selected for recognition by a panel of judges. As part of the naming, the first women to be recognized will be announced and their plaques unveiled on the bridge.