• Public Open House

    Projects The public is invited to an open house on Wednesday, March 4 at from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Des Moines Art Center. At this time, attendees have the chance to learn more about the various projects that will be underway at Greenwood Park during 2015.

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  • Register Now!

    The Mayor's Annual Ride and Run will be held on April 18, with all proceeds benefiting the restoration of the Jackson Street Bridge. The run starts at 8 a.m. with the ride following at 10 am. Registration is $25 for adults and $5 for ages 5-18. New this year, purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win a $2000 voucher towards the purchase of Giant brand bikes at Bike World.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Don't Miss Out on Kickball Season

    This recreational adult coed league begins play in ay with game times from 6:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. each Wednesday. Coed teams field ten players (5 men/5 women) ages 18 and over and play a 7-game schedule, one game a week, at the Greater Des Moines Softball Complex (4980 NE 46th Street).

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  • Pee Wee Oudoor Soccer Registration

    This program introduces children to team sports, teammates and game situations while learning the basics of soccer in a fun atmosphere. Registration for Coed Pee Wee Outdoor Soccer is now open through March 20. Cost is $40 per child for a 6-week schedule. Click the link below for more info.

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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 16 - 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