• One of the Best Places for Business and Careers

    Forbes magazine has recognized Des Moines as one of the best places for business and careers in their 2014 rating of communities. This includes cost of doing business, job growth, and education as factors.


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  • Re-Discover the Coolest Place in Town: Your Library!

    Check out these summer reading events at the Des Moines Public Library


    Des Moines Public Library Summer Reading Programs

  • Rain Barrel Give-Away

    The City of Des Moines is giving residents a chance at winning a Rain Barrel! All you have to do is complete the short online survey to enter for your chance to win. There will be 3 lucky winners announced the week of August 11th. Good luck and thanks for participating. The deadline to complete the survey is August 10th.



  • Welcome to the City of Des Moines

    A major center for insurance, financial services and publishing, Des Moines has a lot to offer, such as affordable housing, short commute times, a diverse population, and was also recently named one of the best places to live on the Silicon Prairie.


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  • Spotlight on Des Moines

    Gray's Lake Park features the 1,400 foot-long Kruidenier Trail pedestrian bridge and a 1.9 mile trail around the lake. "...Residents can walk, bike, boat or fish -- right in the very heart of downtown," said Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie.


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  • #1 Up-and-Coming Downtown

    Fortune magazine names Des Moines number one "up-and-coming" downtown.


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  • Iowa State Capitol

    The Iowa State Capitol is among the most beautiful state capitols in the country with its 275-foot, 23-karat gold leafed dome anchoring the east end of downtown Des Moines.


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  • East Village

    Historic East Village is an eclectic neighborhood of restored historic properties, beautiful streetscapes, and urban living at the foot of the State Capitol.


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  • World Food Prize

    Des Moines is home to the World Food Prize the foremost international award recognizing the achievements in advancing human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.


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Parking Meters

SmartCard Program Logo If you've seen this yellow spot on a parking meter, Parking meter with Smart Card Logo

downtown, you've seen one of the approximately 3200 City of Des Moines SmartCard Parking Meters.

This program has been in place for almost four years and has been warmly welcomed by everyone who has ever had to drop quarter after quarter into a parking meter. Not only does the SmartCard provide convenience it also allows the user to refund any unused time back onto their SmartCard.

For more information please see: www.downtowndesmoines.com/smart-card


Parking FAQ

(almost) Everything you ever wanted to know about parking.


1. Take me to the Parking Info!

2. Presentation on the SmartCard Program: Take me to the SmartCard presentation!

3. Special Parking Permit issuance Information

4. New Configuration Parking Meters; Double Space Parking Meters (single meter head controlling two parking spaces).

5. Problems with a SmartCard? Getting an "Err" reading? Follow this link!

6. Eight Ways to Avoid Getting a Parking Ticket! Follow this Link!

Please contact the Traffic & Transportation Division at (515) 283-4973 for further information.