When the clouds cleared after a recent snowfall, I headed to downtown Des Moines for a quick winter walk through the Pappajohn Sculpture Park. For me, the conditions of fresh snow and sunshine are perfect for the sculpture park, especially if I can there before it’s covered with footprints. Of course, with clear skies, you typically also get bone-chilling temperatures. As in 5 degrees. Despite the cold, there was virtually no wind and that left me with the opportunity to fly my drone (DJI Mavic Air) for some aerial shots of the park.
Even at 5 degrees, I was surprised that the park wasn’t empty. I encountered several walkers and some taking their dogs out for a walk. You’ll find that walkways are cleared and grounds are well cared for – however, there are no public restrooms nearby, so keep that in mind.
Location: 1300 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa.
The history of the Pappajohn Sculpture Park
I have always loved the sculpture park. In my opinion, it’s what brought this town back to life – from Dead Moines back to Des Moines. The city purchased several blocks of run-down buildings, leveled them to create green space. Then John and Mary Pappajohn donated 20+ world-class sculptures (many that were originally in their own yard) to the project. With help from the City of Des Moines and the Des Moines Art Center, the project came to life and (in my opinion) completely changed downtown Des Moines.