• Father Daughter Dance Ticket Information

    Tickets for the annual Father Daughter Dance will be available for purchase online January 5. The dance will be held on February 7 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Science Center of Iowa. Cost is $20 per couple and $5 for each additional daughter. Click below for more info or to volunteer.

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  • Imagination Playschool

    Every Wednesday and Friday bring your kids to participate in Imagination Playschool. Cost is only $2.50/child for hours of fun! Participants can play with the imagination playground equipment, big wheels, kitchen play station, climbing wall & more! Participants must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

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  • Banana Splits Gymnastics

    Banana Splits is for children ages 3 and older. Participants learn how to be a better listener, improve motor skills and concentration. Kids can play with a balance beam, climbing wall, tumbling mats, agility equipment, Imagination Playground equipment & more. Cost is only $2.50/child for hours of fun!

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  • Snow Shoe through the Sculptures

    There are two "Snow Shoeing in the Sculpture Park" events scheduled, guided by Jill Featherstone, Des Moines Art Center Director of Education. Register online for January 12 and/or February 6. If there is no snow a regular walk will be held. Visit www.dmparks.org to sign up.

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  • Snow Moon Snowshoe Hike

    Take a walk through Grandview Park on a set of snowshoes and view the Snow Moon on a winter evening. Registration includes snowshoe rental. Dress for the weather. If there no snow, there will still be a walking hike. Click below to sign up.

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  • Afterschool Enrichment Series

    This four part series for kids in grades K-3, will be held Thursdays from 3:45 to 4:45 at the Jay Spence Shelter House. Each week will feature a different activity: Winter Birds, Snowshoeing, Hibernation and Tracks. Each session is $5. Click below to register online.

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  • Pee Wee Indoor Wiffle Ball Season Starts Soon

    Coed Pee Wee Indoor Wiffleball for kids between the ages of 3-6 years old to prepare for upcoming little league season. Cost is $25 per child and play begins March 22.

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  • Seasonal Employment Opportunities

    Des Moines Parks and Recreation offers many different seasonal employment opportunities in three divisions: Aquatics, Parks/Buildings and Recreation. To view all current openings please click the link below.

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  • Lifeguard

    For those 15 and up, this three day class will train participants in the knowledge and skills needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies. Class will be held at Lincoln High School 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $100 per person.

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  • Barney Blast Registration Ends March 8

    Moines Parks and Recreation is pleased to announce the inaugural Blarney Blast tournament to be held March 14-15 at the Greater Des Moines Softball Complex. Registration ends March 8 for the double elimination men’s and coed tournament and it will cost each team $105 to participate.

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  • Bald Eagle Day

    We are teaming up with the Iowa Department of Natural Resource and Fellowship Baptist Church to host Bald Eagle Day on the SE 6th Street Bridge. Activities include viewing eagles using the SE 6th Street Bridge and viewing a replica nest, presentations from local experts inside the church.

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  • Owls in the City

    We will discuss the different kinds of owls that call Des Moines home, meet a live owl and learn how to hoot like a Barred Owl. After the indoor program, put on hats and gloves, take a short walk in the park and search for live wild owls.

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Mission Statement

 

The Building Services Department is dedicated to providing an attractive, clean, accessible, safe and sustainable environment.  Building Services facilitates the city of Des Moines in providing and maintaining essential services that meet the needs of the citizens of Des Moines while maintaining a minimal environmental impact.  All efforts of the department are service-based and satisfactory customer service is an essential component and goal of all department actions.

 

Vision Statement

 

Building Services' vision is to achieve customer satisfaction and employee excellence. We value accountability, communication, sustainability, cooperation, safety, fairness and trust. These values are directed toward the pursuit of sustainability in the maintenance and operation of all facilities.

 

Roles and Responsibilities

 

Preventive Maintenance

Building Services performs specific written preventive maintenance procedures (such as lubrication, cleaning, changing filters, making adjustments, inspecting roofs and accessories and replacing parts) for structural, electrical and mechanical systems, as well as plumbing and steam equipment on buildings in assigned areas.

 

Operations

Building Equipment Operators do routine maintenance and repairs within their assigned areas and investigate maintenance and operational problems by conferring with building occupants. They also notify occupants of maintenance and operating conditions which may affect them, such as building service interruptions, the reasons behind service interruptions and length of the interruption. Additionally, they respond to initial maintenance requests from building occupants, assess problems and perform necessary repairs or enlist shop support to complete repairs.

 

Inspections

Building Services performs inspections of building structural systems, as well as electrical, mechanical, steam and plumbing equipment in assigned areas on a periodic basis in order to determine operating efficiency and to locate and alleviate potential malfunctions. They troubleshoot and repair building structural systems, electrical equipment, light fixtures, plumbing fixtures, heating, air conditioning and ventilating equipment and controls in assigned areas.

 

Safety

Building Services applies necessary safety precautions while working with electrical, steam, or mechanical equipment and while working on roofs, doors, windows and ceilings and other building system components.