• 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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 Mother with child attending to a community garden plot
Community Gardening

A community garden is an area used for growing fruits, vegetables and flowers, which has been collaboratively created and is maintained by members of the public. A community garden can take place on public or private land and can involve a broad cross-section of the public, as in a neighborhood community garden. Or it can involve specific sectors of the population, such as a school garden that involves students, teachers, parents, and other community members who support the garden for education.  Please see below for a step-by-step how to start your own community garden.

           

                   Community Garden Handbook

 

 

The City of Des Moines has four community garden locations. For a complete listing of all community gardens in the Des Moines area please follow this link www.eatgreaterdesmoines.org

 

Des Moines Parks and Recreation Community Gardens
 

 Ashfield Community Garden

Ashfield Community Gardens in Ashfield Park since 2011
Address: 1850 Hubbell Avenue
Acreage: .15
Number of plots: 12
Plot Size: 10’X15’
 

Downtown Community Garden

Downtown Community Garden in Allen Park since 2009
(Currently re-locating, reopening in 2015)
 

Franklin  Community Garden

Franklin Community Garden at Franklin Field since 1998
Address: 55th and Franklin
Acreage 1.65
Number of plots: 180
Plot Size: 10’X15
 

Woodlawn Community Garden

Woodlawn Community Garden located in Woodlawn Park since 2011
Address: 3126 Twana Drive
Acreage: .35 acres
Number of plots: 30
Plot Size: 10’X15

 

Garden Commitment:
Gardening is a commitment but can be an enjoyable and educational experience and a great way to get fresh, locally-grown organic foods. Our gardeners not only grow in their plots but must volunteer to help with the communal tools, sheds and spaces to keep our garden looking beautiful. In 2014, they will help with garden communications, grant-writing, photography, tool maintenance and more. Dependent on size, they host workdays or gatherings to help maintain their space.

 

Gardeners also try and be part of the answer in our community and new in 2014 have created a Food Rescue/Donation Committee in the Franklin Garden. The committee will sign up to monitor production throughout the season and help gardeners identify if there is excess that we can help donate to someone in need. They also have adopted a plot specifically for food donation and are encouraging others to participate in Plant a Row for the Hungry.

 

If you aren't gardening you can still help us by being a volunteer. Contact us at communitygarden@dmgov.org to see what we have going on in the garden.

 

Garden Application Process:
March 1 - March 28
Qualified returning gardeners who have successfully met the garden requirements as part of our signed agreement from the previous season may reapply during this time period. The garden agreement covers weedy and unkempt garden, behavior, volunteering and other community principles to make our gardens a safe, fun and healthy opportunity for all gardeners. If gardeners do not take care of their assigned plots, garden monitors and staff notify them. If they do not take care of their notice within a week, they will be removed and another person will have the opportunity to garden by applying for their released plot online.

 

April 1 - April 25
If there are plots available, after the renewals are complete, they will be opened online for new applicants who may select a single plot to begin with. This encourages them to try a season with one plot to make sure they can take on the maintenance and care before committing to more garden plots.

 

From April 28 on
We hope to have all plots filled by this point in time but if there are still openings following the new applicants we will re-open the application process to everyone. Both returning gardeners and/or new gardeners may rent what is available in an effort to keep the garden full, maintained and weed-free.

 

Click here to view facility availability or to apply online
 

For more information:
Parks and Recreation Supervisor
Callie Le'au Courtright
communitygarden@dmgov.org
515-248-6380