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The West Capitol Terrace

West Capitol Terrace

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)

Artist's renderings of the finished park (provided courtesy of Brian Clark + Associates)

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.