• 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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  • 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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 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 2016)
 

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 2015, 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 will continue the 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