Des Moines plans to invest more than $800,000 into Greenwood Park this year after it landed on a national list of 11 endangered landscape-art pieces.

It will start with dredging the weed-ridden and silted-in pond — the centerpiece of a first-in-the-nation urban wetland project created by artist Mary Miss nearly 20 years ago.

The Des Moines Art Center will invest an additional $500,000 to replace the unique wooden structures that make the 2.3-acre pond a work of interactive art, focused on observation and education.

The Art Center, located north of the pond, owns the art structures — several boardwalks, an elevated pavilion and a submerged observation platform — built in 1996 and 1997. The wooden structures had a life expectancy of less than 15 years, according to Art Center Director Jeff Fleming.


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