• 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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  • 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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  • Sheridan Park Event

    Join us Friday, September 19 at 12 p.m. to celebrate updated amenities at Sheridan Park such as a new trail, new basketball court and resurfaced tennis courts.

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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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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.