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.
Destination Des Moines is a proud partner of the Washington Main Street Program by Washington State's Department. This innovative program is managed by the Washington Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation.
Destination Des Moines is working to build our core main street area along Marine View Drive from 219th 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 past years Destination Des Moines has participated in Marina District clean-up efforts, the Adopt-a-Park program and has promoted numerous activities to stimulate business development and tourism in our Marina District area.
With the support of a 4Culture Historic Preservation Grant, Destination Des Moines completed a Historic Survey of Marina District Buildings. A link to the comprehensive report is located on this page.
Please contact us to join our efforts to develop a strong downtown through the Destination Des Moines Main Street Program.