Parking lots west of the State Capitol were removed during the summer of 2006 to make way for a people's park - the West Capitol Terrace - with pedestrian paths, gathering spaces, benches, and native trees and flowers. Phases I and II of the project are complete. Phase III - which includes a fountain and outlying trees, terracing sidewalks and additional plants - is pending appropriation of funding.
Frequently Asked Questions
Your questions about the history of the project are answered in this FAQ.
A presentation by landscape architect Brian Clark + Associates on the plans for the improvements to the Capitol's west grounds - from parking lots to a beautiful public plaza and park. (Note: PDF file size = 5.12 MB)
Arbor Day Tree Planting
Hundreds of Iowa students, teachers and individuals gathered on April 27, 2007, to celebrate Arbor Day by planting trees on the West Capitol Terrace, creating a legacy for future generations to enjoy.