Gallery Garden Pocket Park

Creating an Urban-style Greenspace

Photo Credit: Marshalltown Convention & Visitors Bureau

The corner of Main and Second Avenue in Marshalltown, Iowa was transformed from a vacant lot into an attractive, urban-style greenspace. Design amenities in this multi-level plaza space include a central water fountain, pergola, public art, color plantings, and outdoor seating. A LiveWall vertical garden on the east side of the Kibbey Building provides visual interest to create a welcoming and attractive public space.

Green Infrastructure Components

Based on the master plan design, the project received an Iowa Economic Development Authority grant from the State of Iowa for the implementation of green infrastructure elements. Notable green components include:

  • A rainwater harvest system to provide water for the central fountain and plantings

    Photo Credit: Marshalltown Convention & Visitors Bureau

  • Permeable pavements
  • Rain garden which infiltrates stormwater on-site
  • Solar panels to provide electricity for the park improvements

Snyder & Associates prepared the park master plan and provided landscape architecture and civil engineering services. Project construction began in 2016 and was completed in 2017. Residents, city and state officials, and others welcomed the addition of Gallery Garden during a well-attended ribbon-cutting ceremony on September 28, 2017.

While the park is part of a private endeavor, it’s open to the public at no cost.

Ribbon-cutting ceremony for Gallery Garden Park on September 28, 2017. Photo Credit: Mike Donahey

I am so proud of this project and the attraction it has become for our community. Thank you for your dedication to this project. 
- Val Ruff
Executive Director, Marshalltown Convention & Visitors Bureau