Category: Local Buzz

Grand Opening & New Management Announcement

Polk County Conservation‘s mission to provide the citizens of Polk County with quality outdoor recreation is expanding.  They are excited to announce their management and the grand opening of the Lauridsen Skatepark on May 22, 2021. The 88,000 square feet attraction will showcase Olympic caliber park and street courses. Thrilling features include a promenade, flow… Read more »

Couple make generous donation to proposed skateboard park

DES MOINES, Iowa (KCCI) — A $1 million donation will give a huge boost to the construction of a regional skate park in Des Moines. The $3.5 million facility, which was announced during a special ceremony Wednesday, will be named the Lauridsen Skate Park after the couple who made the generous donation. It is planned… Read more »

Lauridsens’ $1M donation lifts skate park campaign

Business Record Greater Des Moines benefactors Nix and Virginia Lauridsen — who a year ago donated $1 million to help overhaul the headquarters of the Des Moines Metro Opera — have given the same amount toward the planned $3.5 million riverfront attraction to be named Lauridsen Skate Park. This has committee co-chairs Brad Anderson, Christine… Read more »

Water recreation ‘adventure park’ could be coming to metro

KCCI Preliminary engineering is underway to create 150 miles of water recreation along the region’s creeks and rivers – everything from tubing, hiking, paddling, boating and fishing throughout more than a dozen central Iowa communities. Rick Tollaskson, chair of the Water Trails Steering Committee, said, “2018 will be a big year because that’s when we… Read more »

Downtown Des Moines skatepark may finally happen

Des Moines Register Stop us if you’d heard this before, but downtown Des Moines could soon have a world-class skate park. The teens who first spearheaded efforts to create the park in the early 2000s may be grown and starting their own careers, but the seeds they planted are finally taking root along the Des… Read more »

World class skateboard park approved for Des Moines MAP

WHO Radio DES MOINES, Iowa – An idea that started with some kids who wanted a place to skateboard is turning into reality.  The City of Des Moines Monday approved a piece of land near the Wells Fargo Arena for a new skate park. “It has been a movement, a grassroots movement now for 14-years.”… Read more »

Plan for ‘best skatepark in the country’ not dead in Des Moines

For more than 10 years, a collective of skaters, musicians and creative types have pushed an idea they believe will pump new, young energy into Des Moines’ Principal Riverwalk — a 65,000-square-foot, world-class, one-of-a-kind skate park. – DES MOINES REGISTER

10 things to watch for in downtown Des Moines in 2018

These “big ideas” for downtown could make headway next year as backers push fundraising efforts to bring recreation to the Des Moines River and a world-class skate park to the riverfront. The city has commissioned an engineering study to figure out exactly how much money is needed to create new access points for boaters and… Read more »