For decades, the City of Des Moines has made efforts to enhance the value of its Downtown and Marina for residents and the region. In the mid-1980s, the City conducted a Revitalization planning project that identified the importance of Marine View Drive, 7th Ave S, and the alleyway in-between. One of the most significant elements of this plan highlighted the missing ‘Pedestrian Connection’ to the waterfront from Downtown to the Marina. Further planning investment included the Marina District Enhancement Master Plan in 2008, which was prepared by the University of Washington. The plan once again highlighted the need for Marina redevelopment and pedestrian access between Downtown and the Marina.
Since 2016, City administration has been actively pursuing possibilities to make these efforts a reality, knowing that there will eventually be both significant private and public investments made. On February 2, 2023, the City Council provided further direction to City Administration that Capital Improvement Projects be brought forward.
Acknowledging the need for pedestrian connectivity between Downtown to the Marina, the Des Moines Marina Steps Project, as part of the holistic Marina Redevelopment Projects, will focus on enhancing the pedestrian experience for residents and visitors, creating a distinctive connection between Des Moines’ Downtown and the Marina.
The project team has been working on the project since late Spring 2023 and is pleased to share the ideas, opportunities, and potential program elements generated to date for this essential addition to the public life and enjoyment of downtown Des Moines Marina.
Draw inspiration and reference iconic Pacific Northwest beachscapes, hillsides, and forests. Natural materials and native/native adapted plants will be incorporated into the design to create a new city landscape the pays homage to its location.
Celebrate stormwater and improve water quality through visible landscape expression. Through a series of bioretention cells, the steps will clean stormwater before it arrives in the Puget Sound.
Honor and acknowledge that we are on the traditional land of the first people of this region while also telling the story of the working waterfront. Opportunities for collaboration, art, interpretative signage, and form will inform the design expression.
CLIFF, FOREST, WETLAND, WATER
Geotechnical & Environmental Analysis
Conceptual Design Development
Public Outreach & Design Development
Winter - Spring 2024
Permitting & Engineering
Fall - Winter 2024 -2025