• Superhero and Princess 5K & Kids Fun Run!

    The Superhero and Princess 5K & Kids Fun Run on October 18 will definitely bring out your inner superhero! Racers are encouraged to run, walk or fly in their favorite action hero or princess costume. Sign up for the 5K before October 6 for just $25. Fees for the Kids Fun Run is just $10 per child (ages 3-12).

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  • Youth Basketball Registration

    Des Moines Parks and Recreation is pleased to announce our new Youth Basketball League, sponsored by Scheels and developed in partnership with Des Moines Public Schools. Separate leagues are available for boys & girls, each offering divisions 1st - 7th grades. Cost is $450/team or $50/child. Registration ends Oct. 10.

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  • Book Your Tee Time!

    Every Saturday & Sunday for the remainder of the 2014 golf season, you can play on the area’s first SoccerGolf course at Bright Grandview Golf Course from Noon – 4:00pm. Green fees are $12/person & soccer balls rent for $3 each. Carts are available for an additional fee. Contact Bright Grandview for more info & to book your tee time.

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  • Bags Fall Tournament Main Window

    Bags isn't just for tailgating anymore! Sign up for the Des Moines Bags League Fall Tournament before October 10. Cost is only $10 per team of two adults (ages 18+). Tournament will be held at Bright Grandview Golf Course (inside or outside clubhouse) on November 8.

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  • Monarch Tagging

    Join us and learn about Monarch Butterflies and their migration. We'll catch some in our nets, tag and release them. All ages are welcome to attend this free event.

    9/22 - Franklin Community Garden, 9:00am

    9/25 - Sargent Park Natural Playscape, 3:30pm

    9/27 - Ewing Park, 1:00pm

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  • Yoga in the Park

    Yoga in the Park, presented by Des Moines Parks and Recreation and UnityPoint Health - Des Moines is back again . We invite you to enjoy your Saturday mornings by participating in a free weekly yoga session at Gray's Lake. The class will be from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. and will be held every Saturday beginning June 7 through September 27.

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  • Taekwondo Special

    Join Taekwondo for just $1 during the month of September.

    At Pioneer Columbus Community Center take Taekwondo - Mondays and Wednesdays 6:00 – 8:00 pm, ages 7 years and up. Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:00 – 7:00 pm, Pee Wee 4-6 years old. Cost is $50 monthly, $1 for the month of September. For more information call 248-6316.

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  • Take a Walk in the Park

    In conjunction with the Healthiest State Initiative, we invite residents to take a "Walk in the Park" on October 8, starting at 6:00am at Gray's Lake. Participate in the 4th annual Healthiest State Walk. Click the link below to join.

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Picture of energy efficient light bulb within a light fixtureEnergizing Taxpayer Dollars

 

The Park and Recreation Department is responsible for the operations and maintenance of all Des Moines municipal buildings. To make the city’s buildings and facilities more energy efficient, Parks has been utilizing input, expertise, and services of lighting and heating contractors, providers, energy professionals, and the State of Iowa. The city began a building energy conservation project in 2004, with the first phase focused on lighting retrofits at City Hall, the Argone Armory, and Police Station. Since then, a second phase of the project has addressed similar needs at ten fire stations, police site offices and the five community center buildings. The buildings have been equipped with high-energy efficiency lighting, resulting in more light for less cost. These changes have also resulted in cash to the city in the form of energy-saving incentive rebates. More than 150 motion-sensor light switches have been installed, with more to be changed over by year’s end. These projects have 1 to 5 year payback on their lifecycles.

 

Phase three, which is now underway involves improving or replacing more complex and expensive energy equipment. The roof of the Armory building will be covered with energy-saving material, a similar product was installed on Four Mile Community Center this past fall. Heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC) are also being updated, including boilers at City Hall and Police Headquarters. A grant award from the US Department of Energy to the city will underwrite the cost of replacing all windows in City Hall and the Armory beginning this summer.


Another project being coordinated with MidAmerican Energy allows the city to cycle their HVAC equipment start-ups with non-peak and less expensive energy rate times. An Iowa Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant will provide financial assistance in expanding and updating the HVAC controls for eight municipal buildings for a projected annual 10% energy savings. These and more steps to be taken in the future are moving city building operations toward becoming an “energy star.”

 

Energy Conservation Links of Interest

 

US Department of Energy

Energy Star

Home Energy

Iowa Office of Energy Independence

Appliance Rebate Program