I’m on the lookout for fun playgrounds for our 18-month-old grandson Linus, when he comes to visit Des Moines from Chicago, and I don’t have to look far. We rode our bikes on a gorgeous Easter Sunday along the Neal Smith trail to the new Riverview Playground and Riviera Amphitheater on the northeast side, just north of North High School.
Full of kids having a great time music-playing, climbing, swinging and jumping in an imaginative playground fashioned to resemble an old amusement park — which I believe this long-abandoned area once was. There’s also a very cool new amphitheater with a retro vibe overlooking the river and some ponds where a few people were fishing. Can’t wait to take Linus there!