Martin Luther King Jr. Park - 1650 Garfield Avenue
About Martin Luther King Jr. Park

1650 Garfield Avenue

 Master Plan completed - 1999

  • Wading pool features various flush-mounted water spray features, zero-depth entry and a wading area and restroom building; overall cost of $375,000, with $100,000 of funding provided through a donation from American Republic Assurance in honor of Watson Powell, Jr.; constructed – 2001
  • Playground improvements completed in conjunction with a Meredith Corporation Rebuilding Together initiative - 2004
  • Baseball field improvements provided through funding from the Bright Foundation and ongoing maintenance provided through a partnership with the Iowa Cubs; programmed through the Boys and Girls Club

Enclosed year-round shelter – completion fall 2008

  • The Des Moines park system’s only facility with a full kitchen; seating for 90 persons
  • Collaborative project funded in partnership with Polk County; the facility will serve the county as a congregate meal site for this area of the city and will feature a dining area as well as craft, computer, and medical examination rooms
  • Project budget $1.1 million
  • Shelter is a project in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification rating program of the U.S. Green Building Council for design and construction of the world’s greenest, most energy efficient and high-performing buildings
  • 2 trees planted and 2 rain gardens

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Basketball Court
Off-Street Paking
Picnic Tables
Playground Equipment
Splash Pool
Enclosed Shelter (Air Cond/Heat, must reserve)
Exercise Equipment 
Walking Path (.25 Miles)
Exercise Equipment