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  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

    Most city offices will be closed on Monday, January 21st for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

    Garbage collection will be on regular schedule. All six library locations will be closed.



  • 2019 Pet Licenses

    Beginning on Monday, November 26th, pet licenses and dog park permits for 2019 will be available at the City Clerk's Office

    Questions? Please contact the City Clerk 283-4209.


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  • Welcome to the City of Des Moines

    A major center for insurance, financial services and publishing, Des Moines has a lot to offer, such as affordable housing, short commute times, a diverse population, and was also recently named one of the best places to live on the Silicon Prairie.


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  • Spotlight on Des Moines

    Gray's Lake Park features the 1,400 foot-long Kruidenier Trail pedestrian bridge and a 1.9 mile trail around the lake. "...Residents can walk, bike, boat or fish -- right in the very heart of downtown," said Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie.


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  • Iowa State Capitol

    The Iowa State Capitol is among the most beautiful state capitols in the country with its 275-foot, 23-karat gold leafed dome anchoring the east end of downtown Des Moines.


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  • East Village

    Historic East Village is an eclectic neighborhood of restored historic properties, beautiful streetscapes, and urban living at the foot of the State Capitol.


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  • World Food & Music Festival

    Annual event with culinary culture from around the world.


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  • Snow Ordinance in Effect at 4 p.m. Friday
  • January 18, 2019
  • The City of Des Moines Snow Ordinance will go into effect at 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18.

  • Prepare for Extreme Cold Weather This Weekend
  • January 17, 2019
  • The City of Des Moines is preparing for bitter cold weather on Saturday, Jan. 19 and Sunday, Jan. 20, with expected wind chills of -15 to -25°F by Sunday morning.

  • Parks and Recreation Department to Honor Volunteer Program Participants
  • January 15, 2019
  • Winners of the 2018 Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department Volunteer Awards will be announced at the January Park Board meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019 at 5 p.m. The Volunteer Award program was established in 2009 to recognize volunteers for their commitment and service to the Parks and Recreation Department. In 2018, there were 4,592 volunteers who donated 34,430 hours of service, valued at over $850,000.

  • Firefighter Recruitment Process Open Now
  • January 11, 2019
  • The Des Moines Fire Department is now taking applications for the 96th Recruit Academy. Applications can be submitted online through February 6th, 2019.

  • Notice of Park Property Prescribed Burns
  • January 03, 2019
  • Des Moines Parks and Recreation have identified the following locations for possible prescribed burns Jan. 4 – Jan. 31.