LIFE STORY

of

Bill Thompson

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Hard work went into raising money for the Performing Arts stage in Riverview Park. Board members pictured here presented this $250,000 check to the City of Des Moines at tonight's City Council meeting. This group of dedicated volunteers has raised more than $600,000 toward this project that will transform the Highland Park/Oak Park neighborhoods. 

Bill & Pam Thompson, holding the presentation check for the Parks Area Foundation, is a North High classmate. Bill and his wife Pam have dedicated countless hours working toward the fulfillment of a significant live performance venue on Riverview Island, the site of the old Riverview Park. Congratulations Bill and Pam on this latest achievement.

Bill reports on September 17, 2019:

  • Construction is moving along as planned. At this time the grounds work and concert area are in progress and we are hoping that all will be completed by mid November.

  • The plan is to then, in the spring, install the above ground steel hoops which will complete the stage structure

  • We are now starting to work on programming for 2020.

  • Weather permitting the completion date for the park is 7/1/2020 and will begin with a July 3,2020 - Rendezvous On Riverview kickoff and ribbon cutting.

Bill reports on June 13, 2020:

  • The steel to complete the stage is on site and the cranes are set up to lift it in place. The stage completion is set for sometime the last two weeks of July. So far so good with the weather.

  • We are hoping to plan a grand opening for sometime this fall. With the current condition of our world who knows if that will happen. We are just keeping our fingers crossed.

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