Raccoon River Park Boathouse

Raccoon River Park Boathouse

Client

City of West Des Moines, Iowa

Size

3 acres

Raccoon River Park Boathouse

West Des Moines, Iowa

 

The unique structure was designed to withstand intermittent flooding and provides park users with a plethora of water craft amenities and gathering space. 

Confluence teamed with OPN Architects to provide site design and landscape architecture services for a new Boathouse to be located at Blue Heron Lake in West Des Moines, Iowa. The siting of structure was unique in that the entire lower story of the Boathouse is designed to withstand the intermittent flooding which occurs seasonally within the park. The lower story of the structure provides kayak and other small water craft storage which park users can rent. There is access to a dock with 12 slips, an accessible kayak launch, and gathering space where park staff can instruct small groups on the use of the various equipment available. The upper story of the facility, which is accessed by stairs as well as an accessible ramp system, provides a rental and concession area as well as restrooms for the facility user. An upper terrace provides an area where park patrons can relax and the view the park users enjoying all that the lake has to offer. On-site personal kayak storage, bicycle racks and a boat ramp is also available.

Related Work

   
Mission Hills Senior Living Project Mission Hills Senior Living McCrory Gardens Education & Visitor Center Project McCrory Gardens Education & Visitor Center Children’s Museum of South Dakota Project Children’s Museum of South Dakota Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum Project Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum 700 at the River District Project 700 at the River District The Lawn at The Legends Project The Lawn at The Legends Gold Star Families Memorial and Park Project Gold Star Families Memorial and Park Joliet Town Square / Chicago Street Corridor Project Joliet Town Square / Chicago Street Corridor Kansas City Zoo: Billy Goats Gruff – Exhibit Renovation Project Kansas City Zoo: Billy Goats Gruff – Exhibit Renovation North Dakota Governor's Residence Project North Dakota Governor's Residence Hickory Glen Park - Master Plan Project Hickory Glen Park - Master Plan Raven Industries Corporate Headquarters Project Raven Industries Corporate Headquarters Hawk Ridge Park Project Hawk Ridge Park VA Hospital Healing Garden Project VA Hospital Healing Garden River's Bend at the Preserve Project River's Bend at the Preserve Arc of Dreams Project Arc of Dreams E H Young Riverfront Park Project E H Young Riverfront Park The Park at Wrigley / Gallagher Way Project The Park at Wrigley / Gallagher Way Southbank Park Project Southbank Park 590 West Madison Pocket Park Project 590 West Madison Pocket Park The Park at the Mart Project The Park at the Mart Wolf Point West Project Wolf Point West Broadway Square Project Broadway Square Downtown River Greenway Project Downtown River Greenway North Kansas City Gateway and Wayfinding Signage Project North Kansas City Gateway and Wayfinding Signage Old Town Square Revitalization Project Old Town Square Revitalization Little Bear Garden at Gallery Park Project Little Bear Garden at Gallery Park Merle Hay Road Redevelopment Plan + Design Guidelines Project Merle Hay Road Redevelopment Plan + Design Guidelines Denver Justice Center Civic Mall Framework Master Plan Project Denver Justice Center Civic Mall Framework Master Plan Paako Ridge Resort Master Plan Project Paako Ridge Resort Master Plan Staunton State Park Master Plan Project Staunton State Park Master Plan Three Floyds Brewery and Brewpub Expansion Project Three Floyds Brewery and Brewpub Expansion National Museum of the Marine Corps Project National Museum of the Marine Corps HANSEN TRIANGLE PARK Project HANSEN TRIANGLE PARK Stockyards Plaza Park Project Stockyards Plaza Park Veterans Memorial Park Project Veterans Memorial Park Triumph Park Project Triumph Park Coralville Youth Sports Complex Project Coralville Youth Sports Complex West Central Valley Athletic Complex Project West Central Valley Athletic Complex McKennan Park Project McKennan Park Snowmass Village Project Snowmass Village Linden Square Project Linden Square Turner Yards Recreation Complex Project Turner Yards Recreation Complex FM Rotary Natural Playground Project FM Rotary Natural Playground Detroit Mountain Natural Play Area Project Detroit Mountain Natural Play Area Garden Rapids at the Big Pool Project Garden Rapids at the Big Pool L.W. Clapp Park Master Plan Project L.W. Clapp Park Master Plan Riverview Art Garden - Wichita Art Museum Project Riverview Art Garden - Wichita Art Museum Lake Olathe Park Project Lake Olathe Park Burrus Old Mill Park Project Burrus Old Mill Park Legacy Park Amphitheater Project Legacy Park Amphitheater Johnston Town Center + City Hall Project Johnston Town Center + City Hall West Des Moines Amphitheater Project West Des Moines Amphitheater Paladino Hohm Sculpture Garden Project Paladino Hohm Sculpture Garden Rotary Park + 26th Street Bridge Improvements Project Rotary Park + 26th Street Bridge Improvements Wilder Bluff Park Project Wilder Bluff Park Good Earth State Park at Blood Run Project Good Earth State Park at Blood Run Gillson Park Beach House Project Gillson Park Beach House The Cannery District - Riverfront Parks Master Plan Project The Cannery District - Riverfront Parks Master Plan