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Report to the Community

Des Moines Parks and Recreation is pleased to provide residents with an annual  “Report to the Community.”  This document provides a high level overview of many of the department’s significant accomplishments from each year. Recreational program participation, facility usage, project information, testimonials and financial data can be found in each extensive summary.   

2014 Report

2013 Report

2012 Report

Parklands, A Celebration of Des Moines' Community Spirit

Parklands, is the Department’s comprehensive plan, which calls for a shared vision by the community to maintain and enhance a system of parks and recreational facilities which define Des Moines as a special place to live, work, play, and visit.

Comprehensive Plan:  Parklands, A Celebration of Des Moines' Community Spirit 


Community Attitude and Interest Survey - Executive Summary

The City of Des Moines conducted a Community Attitude and Interest Survey during November and December of 2007 to establish priorities for the future improvement of parks and recreation facilities, as well as programs and services within the community. The survey was designed to obtain statistically valid results from households throughout the City of Des Moines. The survey was administered using a combination of mail and phone feedback.

Survey Questionnaire
Combined Survey Results - Executive Summary
Ward 1 Executive Summary
Ward 2 Executive Summary
Ward 3 Executive Summary
Ward 4 Executive Summary

Park Ecology Report

In 2005 the Iowa Department of Natural Resources - Forestry Bureau completed a Parks Reforestation Report that evaluated the condition of the City's woodland areas.  The report was done to assist in comprehensive planning for city parks, to provide public awareness of the value of trees and woodlands in the city parks and to help plan for future maintenance and reforestation needs.  A total of 66 City park areas were evaluated.
In 2006 the Park and Recreation department began to follow the recommendation given in the report and started collecting data on the reforestation efforts.  In 2009 a total of 1,026 trees were planted city wide while 808 were removed.  For more information on the Parks reforestation efforts, view the report presented to the Park Board on March 23, 2010.
Des Moines Parks and Recreation 2009 Tree Planting Report