• Mayor's Annual Ride and Run for Trails

    On April 19, join us for the 2014 Mayor's Annual Ride AND Run for Trails. In addition to the ride, a 5k run has been added to the day's events. Fees are: $30 per adult, $5 for children ages 5 - 17, children 4 & younger are free. Participate in both the ride and run for an additional $5.

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  • Early Bird Season Pool Passes Available Online!

    New in 2014, season pool passes are available for purchase online. Purchase yours during the month of April at a discounted early bird rate. Individual - $40, First two in family - $75, First three in family - $100, First four in family - $120, Each additional person over four in family - $5.

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  • Swimming Lesson Registration Now Open!

    Online registration for swimming lessons is now available. Class sizes are restricted and registration is first come first served. In order to get your preferred class, dates and/or times sign up online starting today at 8:00 a.m.

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  • Kite Festival

    Des Moines Parks and Recreation is hosting Kite Fest on May 17 at Gray's Lake from 2:00 - 4:00pm. Register online by May 13. Cost is only $5. Fee includes a kite to assemble, flying instructions and hours of kite flying fun! Click the link below to sign up today!

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  • Summer Bags League Registration

    Register now for the Summer Des Moines Bags League! The league will play at the Hub Spot. Teams of 2 adults (18+) compete on Wednesday nights for 6 weeks plus a tournament. League play begins June 4. Cost is $35 per team.

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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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 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