Riverview Park Inclusive Playground in Des Moines

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Riverview Park Inclusive Playground in Des Moines

Riverview Park located in Des Moines, Iowa has gone through some major changes! It offers a ton of fun and is also an all-inclusive playground funded by Variety Children’s of Iowa. This park is connected by a paved trail to several of the main paved trails in the downtown area, as well as one of our summer favorites, McHenry Park.


Riverview Park is located at 710 Corning Ave, Des Moines, IA 50313

Basic Park Details

Name: Riverview Park
Type: Places to take a walk, places to play, all-inclusive
Bathrooms: No
Shade: No
Playground: Yes
Trails: Yes, paved
Water: Yes, river nearby
Other notes: 
Official Website: https://www.varietyiowa.com/grants-programs/inclusive-playgrounds/
DSMOF Blog posts:
Other things nearby of note: Connected by trail to McHenry Park

Riverview Park is probably now one of our favorite parks to visit and play at in Des Moines, Iowa. We could have spent an entire day jumping, climbing, playing music, doing the scavenger hunt, walking, and more. We are super lucky to have this park, PLUS it is an all-inclusive park where adults and children of all abilities can play and enjoy it.

This park has rubber footing. There was no bathroom nearby, but they were not 100% finished with all the details. It may be coming soon!

Riverview Park’s theme is inspired by the Riverview Amusement Park that used to exist in this space from 1915 to 1978. It felt like we were at a small carnival with all the fun rides and activities!

The kids had great fun using their imaginations in this ticket booth.

The zipline was a favorite! On top was a rollercoaster to resemble a rollercoaster at the carnival.

There were a ton of options to make music!

I thought this was creative. They had ride-on animals under a large canopy to resemble a carousel at the carnival.

When we visited the park was not 100% done, but this amphitheater is such a great addition to the area for live music.


Erin Huiatt

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