Destinaton Des Moines Main Street Program
The Main Street Four-Point Approach® is a unique preservation-based economic development tool that enables communities to revitalize downtown and neighborhood business districts by leveraging local assets - from historic, cultural, and architectural resources to local enterprises and community pride. It is a comprehensive strategy that addresses the variety of issues and problems that challenge traditional commercial districts.
In 2014, Destination Des Moines was awarded acceptance into the Main Street Program by Washington State's Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation. Destination Des Moines is working to build our core main street area along Marine View Drive from 216th to 225th as our first effort, with room to expand in the future.
One of the first areas of focus, in using the benchmarks for success, is to activate unused space. Activating alleyways, and specifically the alleyway behind the Des Moines Theatre, is one of our initial focal points.
In 2014 & 2015, Destination Des Moines participated in the community clean-up and helped plant our Overlook 1 Adopt-a-Street location and several other pocket parks along Marine View drive to add floral color to our Marina District area. This is a project we would like to continue to expand on in the coming seasons.
Please email us if you have interest in being a part of the planning committee or just hearing more about Destination Des Moines Main Street Program.