• On Sale Now!

    Starting December 2, 28-inch, live wreaths will be available for purchase at Glendale Cemetery. Each wreath costs $25 with additional options including a stand and/or red bow for an extra $5 each. You can purchase your wreath in advance, now, with a credit card by calling 248-6320 for pick-up at the Glendale office on or after December 2.

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  • Adult Indoor Wiffleball Registration

    Des Moines Parks and Recreation offers Adult Indoor Wiffleball for you & your friends. Teams may be composed of all men, all women or co-ed. League play will begin Jan. 4 & games will be played at Pioneer Columbus Community Center. Cost is $60/team, which includes an 8-week schedule & an end-of-season tournament.

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  • Sign Up Now!

    Sign up today for the 22nd annual 12" slow-pitch softball tournament! It is a double elimination tournament until the championship game for both coed and men's divisions. Games will be played at several City of Des Moines softball fields. Cost is $105/team. The coed tournament will be held January 24-25 and the men's tournament will be January 31-February 1.

    Entries are limited. Sign up online by January 18.

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  • Pee Wee Bball Registration

    This program introduces children to team sports, teammates and game situations while learning the basics of basketball in a fun atmosphere. Each team has a parent coach and will play against a different team one night per week for six weeks. All equipment, including a personal team shirt will be provided. Cost is $40/child. League play begins January 20.

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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