Downtown Des Moines Skywalks Spruced Up In Time For Iowa Caucuses
Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2011
The skywalks in the Downtown Des Moines are getting a fresh new look thanks to a recent beatification project made possible through Operation Downtown (OD).
A skywalk improvement committee, led by OD and Downtown Community Alliance board members, evaluated the entire skywalk system along with City staff, taking pictures, notes and even temperatures. After the evaluation, a meeting was held with nearly 40 property managers to inform them of their skywalk obligations and the resources available to upgrade their skywalks and corridors. City Council members Chris Coleman and Christine Hensley were very helpful in the process.
"Carpets have been cleaned and in some areas replaced. Windows washed and leaky roofs fixed. We are pleased so many property owners took action in their skywalks and corridors to help make a difference in the skywalk system. While there is still work to be done, great progress has been made," explains Jeff Hatfield, skywalk improvement committee board chair.
Keck City Center has been identified as one of the most critical areas in need of work. Its’ proximity to the Polk County Convention Complex makes it even more important as thousands of visitors pass through those hallways. Last week, walls were painted and this week, large murals will be installed. In all, 19 different locations throughout the skywalk system will receive new artwork highlighting our great downtown. Additional work includes: carpets leading into the Des Moines Register and around the Fifth & Keo Parking Ramp and Ninth & Locust Parking Ramp have all been replaced; ceiling tiles have been replaced, roofs of bridges patched and windows patched.
“The short term goal was to update the skywalk system as much as possible by the caucuses, but the long term goal is to continue the process long term to preserve this great asset for our downtown workers and visitors,” said Tim Leach, Downtown Community Alliance.
The Skywalk Committee will continue to work with the City and property owners on a regular basis to ensure the best skywalk system possible.
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