• Register Now!

    The Mayor's Annual Ride and Run will be held on April 18, with all proceeds benefiting the restoration of the Jackson Street Bridge. The run starts at 8 a.m. with the ride following at 10 am. Registration is $25 for adults and $5 for ages 5-18. New this year, purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win a $2000 voucher towards the purchase of Giant brand bikes at Bike World.



  • Earth Day Trash Bash 2015

    On Friday, April 24, 2015 (Rain Date April 27) Earth Day will kick-off with a Bash downtown including sponsor & volunteer recognition, team introductions and educational booths. Register your team today and become one of the 1,200 volunteers at more than 40 project locations. Registration ends March 27!


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  • Barney Blast Registration Ends March 8

    Des 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.


    Register Online

  • 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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  • 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.


    Apply Now

  • 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.



  • Don't Miss Out on Kickball Season

    This recreational adult coed league begins play in ay with game times from 6:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. each Wednesday. Coed teams field ten players (5 men/5 women) ages 18 and over and play a 7-game schedule, one game a week, at the Greater Des Moines Softball Complex (4980 NE 46th Street).



  • Pee Wee Oudoor Soccer Registration

    This program introduces children to team sports, teammates and game situations while learning the basics of soccer in a fun atmosphere. Registration for Coed Pee Wee Outdoor Soccer is now open through March 20. Cost is $40 per child for a 6-week schedule. Click the link below for more info.



  • Public Hearing Notice

    NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Des Moines Park and Recreation Board will consider naming a new disc golf course at Prospect Park located at 1225 Prospect Road, Des Moines, Iowa as Becky Zallek Disc Golf Course at a public hearing in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 400 Robert D. Ray Drive, Des Moines, Iowa, on March 24, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.

    Persons interested in the proposed naming will be given an opportunity to express their views at that hearing.



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.



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.



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.



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.