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Project Description

The State Pier renovation project will create a dynamic plaza space connecting two phases of the boardwalk project currently underway, creating a focal point at the terminus of Arnolds Park Promenade (completed July 2019). The 5,500 square foot pedestrian plaza will feature a large fountain and reflecting pool below three stainless steel sail sculptures, precast concrete benches/amphitheater seating, landscape beds, and decorative paving surrounded by a custom LED hand rail. Dramatic lighting on the sails and fountain will create a visible landmark that coordinates with the arches of the Promenade. The plaza itself is a compass, oriented North/South, with a North Arrow and a map of the Iowa Great Lakes as decorative elements in the paving. Visitors will enjoy the sights and sounds of the plaza while viewing the lake from a variety of seating options.
The design features include:
  • Iconic stainless-steel sculptures with color-changing LED lighting
  • Large fountain and reflecting pool
  • Mural in fountain basin
  • Precast concrete benches and amphitheater seating
  • Updated granite donor pavers
  • Lakes map and north arrow in paving
  • Captain Steve Kennedy statue with lighting
  • Custom illuminated hand rail
  • New tables, chairs and benches
  • Lush landscaping for year-round interest