• Share your photos and win!

    Each day in July, a different "Photospot" will be featured in the park system. Participants are asked share their photos through Facebook Twitter, Instagram or Email. Make sure to use the hashtag #dmphotospot. Anyone who submits a photo will receive a prize! Click below for the calendar.

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  • Unwined

    Come relax and unwind a little at Unwined from 5:30 - 8:30pm, every Friday. Enjoy free samples from Jasper Winery and Madhouse Brewing Co. There will also be food for purchase and live music. All ages are welcome to attend this FREE event. New in 2014 Unwined will be held at Gray's Lake AND the Hub Spot (215 Water St.)

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  • 20 Free Things to do in Des Moines this Summer

    Looking to have some fun in Des Moines this summer without spending too much money? Check out the complete list that Des Moines Parks and Recreation has put together by clicking the link below.

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  • Youth Flag Football Registration

    Register your child for Youth Flag Football. Two age groups are offered, children grades 1-2 and grades 3-4. Cost is $50 per child or $500 per team, which includes a game jersey to keep as well as all other equipment provided. For more information click the link below.

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  • DMBL Registration

    Des Moines Parks and Recreation offers a Fall Bags League for adults ages 18 and older. Cost is $35 per two person team. Games will be played at The Hub Spot (215 Water St.) on Wednesday nights for six weeks. League Play will begin September 3. Register your team by August 8.

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  • Adult Fall Softball Registration

    Register now for men's and coed slow-pitch adult (ages 18+) fall softball leagues. Teams of 15 participants will play a 7-game schedule starting September 2 at various Des Moines locations. Cost is $190 per team.

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  • Free Flicks

    Free Flicks is a summer-long series of outdoor movie showings throughout the Des Moines area from June 5 through September4. The films will be shown on a 25-foot portable screen and will begin after sunset around 9:00 p.m. Admission is free, blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged.

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  • Adult Fall Kickball Registration

    Enjoy healthy recreation and get a 'kick' from revisiting a long time favorite game from your past in our Adult Kickball League. Register your team online by August 10. Cost is $190 per team (5 men/5 women, ages 18+). League play will begin September 3. For more information click the link below.

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  • Yoga at the Plaza

    Des Moines Parks and Recreation invites you to participate in Yoga at the Plaza (Brenton Skating Plaza - 520 Robert D. Ray Dr.) during your lunch hour. This 45-minute program will be held every Wednesday during July and August and will begin at 11:30 a.m. Remember to bring your yoga mat or towel.

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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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  • Adult Flag Football Registration

    Register now for Adult (ages 18+) Flag Football leagues. Cost is $200 per team (15 participants) for a 7-game schedule starting September 2, 2014. Games are played Chesterfield Park (E. 26th and Scott).

    Sign up by August 18

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Don't Let Them Mark Your Turf

 

The City of Des Moines operates a graffiti removal program to “erase” graffiti that appears in our neighborhoods, on public property and in commercial areas. Graffiti includes undesirable messages, scribbles, and symbols that are usually spray- or hand- painted on fences, buildings, bridges, and other structures, as well as on objects such as trees, trash dumpsters and street signs.  The ugly results can require much work and expense to remove.   The number of incidences of graffiti continues to increase in our city each year; over 90% of them are the result of gangs marking or “tagging” their respective areas of turf and sending messages to rival gangs. 
 

The city’s graffiti program is administered by the Park and Recreation Department, which handles removal, and the Police Department’s Gang Unit, which tracks the locations and messages to monitor for possible gang activity and to create various types of reports.   Parks’ goal is to have HATE graffiti removed within 24 hours or less of its reporting, and GANG graffiti eliminated within three working days.  Although police patrols of the City’s Neighborhood Based Service Delivery (NBSD) Program are constantly on the lookout for and reporting graffiti sightings, the Parks and Police Departments rely on the eyes of the public to help them eliminate graffiti.

 

How to Report Graffiti

 

Anyone, anywhere, anytime can report the location and nature of a graffiti sighting to the Park and Recreation Department via email  or phone (515) 248-6350 or the Police Graffiti Hot Line: (515) 237-1808.   
 

Facts About Grafitti in Des Moines

 

Following are the number of reported graffiti incidences in the past three years:

2007 – 1121
2008 – 1277
2009  - 1392

 

Over 90% of these graffiti cases are  gang-related. 50% of them occur on private property and the other 50% are on public property. Private property includes places of business, houses, garages, fences and other buildings. Public property includes bridges, over- and under-passes, freeway walls on the non-DOT side, utility boxes and poles, trees, sidewalks, park property, etc.  Schools and the DOT take care of their own incidences of graffiti so the numbers cited do not include graffiti on those properties. Also not included are incidences taken care of by private property owners without being reported to police.

 

The City contracts graffiti removal through a bid process; the current contract is for $43.50/hour plus the cost of paint supplies, which is generally around $5,000 annually. White paint is used on the majority of surfaces; when paint is not the solution, a product called Elephant Snot is used for removal on fences, metal buildings, etc.