Recently I had the chance to visit a new outdoor sculpture park in Des Moines, Iowa. I really enjoy places like this, after having visited the massive outdoor Laumeier Sculpture Park in St Louis, Missouri.
The one in DSM isn't nearly as big - not even close - but still worth a visit if you are in the area. It was funded by the Pappajohn family (no, not the pizza people); John Pappajohn was a businessman in Iowa who has donated millions of dollars to things all over the state, including this sculpture park, as well as tons of money to the U of Iowa.
The downtown DSM area has gone through a large renovation over the past decade or so. Once only used for businesses and corporations, it now is full of condos, a large arts area, and tons of green space. The riverfront has walking paths and lots of festivals and concerts are now held in the area. Too bad it's freezing cold 9 months out of the year there! ;)