What does Proposed Soccer Stadium, Redevelopment Mean for Gray’s Station?

A recent redevelopment proposal may mean big changes near the Gray’s neighborhood, and subsequently more retail, event venues and living options near Gray’s Station.

Pro Iowa, the campaign working to bring professional soccer to Iowa, is now working with Krause+ real estate group, the City of Des Moines, Sherman Associates and environmental agencies to redevelop and revitalize the 65 acres to the west and northwest of Gray’s Station. A portion of the area would be environmentally remediated then house, what developers are calling, the Global Plaza and Iowa’s first professional soccer stadium, including large green spaces and ample parking.

Alongside those proposals are plans to add hotels, retail, and a mixed-use neighborhood as well as a Central Iowa Water Trail connector and access site off of the nearby Raccoon River, near the bridge to Gray’s Lake. The water trails aims at activating 150-miles of water ways in and around central Iowa with more than 80 access sites planned.

“The development is a wonderful compliment to projects we have in place,” said Will Anderson, Sr. Developer with Sherman Associates. “New connections and throughways will bridge existing and developing neighborhoods and unlock new opportunities for residents to live, work and play downtown.”

The soccer stadium has a scheduled groundbreaking in October of 2021 with the first kickoff coming in 2024. The stadium would host approximately 20 games a year with other events filling in throughout the year such as high school band/sports, concerts and more.

The proposal’s redevelopment would coincide with Phase Two and Three of Gray’s Station’s master planned community. Phase Two is anticipated to start by 2023. Hubbell Realty Company and Gray’s Station continue to work with the proposed developers keeping traffic flow, parking, and melding of the communities as top of mind.

The streets, cycle track and bike trails would connect with the Gray’s Station neighborhood and MLK Jr. Parkway, making pedestrian traffic a number one priority. The proposal also outlines redeveloping some of the Western Gateway neighborhood, which is a two-minute walk north from Gray’s Station.

To learn more about the proposed plan and stadium, visit uslproiowa.com.

Recreational Connections Make Active Living Easy within Gray’s

There are so many valuable, recreational connections in and around Gray’s Station, especially those that can be found just to the south within Gray’s Lake and Water Works Park.

The running, walking and biking trail that winds along Gray’s Station connects to more than 500+ miles bike trails from the town of Cumming, west to the Waukee Trailhead and extends up to the High Trestle Trail near Woodward. There are countless stops to be made along the way from local breweries and taprooms, food truck stops, and even small-town shops situated along town squares.

The 1.9 mile loop around 167-acre Gray’s Lake Park is the perfect spot for a lunch hour walk, a short jog or a bike loop. At Gray’s Lake, visitors can rent kayaks, canoes, paddle boards and play along the beach front or look out areas near the Gray’s bridge. (Fun Fact: The bridge lights are part of the inspiration for the Chris and Marcie Coleman Bridge leading into Gray’s Station!)

On the west side of Gray’s Lake is the newly opened Water Works Park-Fluer Drive underground passageway/tunnel connection which lights up in true Gray’s Area fashion. This connector, which opened in late 2020, now means direct walking access to the newly opened Lauridsen Amphitheater and the Killinger Family Stage. The Lauridsen Amphitheater faces north and engages the large Innovation Field, which size and design allow for events ranging from 2,000 – 25,000 participants. The Killinger Family Stage is the south facing portion of the amphitheater and engages the Hubbell Celebration Lawn, a more intimate setting for crowds of less than 2,000.

These venues are situated in one of the largest urban parks in the entire country. With an estimated 1,500 acres, Water Works Park is nearly twice the size of New York’s Central Park with bike, hiking and equestrian trails and roadways flowing throughout it. This unique park sits at the confluence of two major Iowa rivers, the Raccoon and Des Moines, and is home to more than 200 bird species and native plants. It is also the home of a world-renowned ornamental crabapple arboretum and serves as the primary source of drinking water for over 500,000 central Iowans.

All of these amenities are within one mile of the Gray’s Station neighborhood and are cost free or at minimal cost (kayak and paddleboard rental rates start at $8), making choosing the outdoors a daily activity when you call our community home!

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