• 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

    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.

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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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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