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  • Help Celebrate the New Amenity!

    The metro’s premiere youth baseball facility just added a new 200 vehicle parking lot. To mark the occasion, you are invited to attend a special 3 inning game between the City of Des Moines and Polk County. Players will include staff, city and county officials. In the event of rain, a ceremony will be held at the shelter.

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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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  • AViD 2016

    It's the 2016 season of the popular Authors Visiting in Des Moines (AViD) series from the Des Moines Public Library. All AViD author events are free and open to the public.

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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 Prize

    Des Moines is home to the World Food Prize the foremost international award recognizing the achievements in advancing human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.

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  • SARGENT PARK CELEBRATION EVENT TO BE HELD MAY 11
  • May 04, 2016
  • Des Moines Parks and Recreation cordially invites the public to join us Wednesday, May 11 at 12 noon. to celebrate the generous gifts of the Sargent family. Their generous donations of land currently known as Sargent Park is the city’s first natural playscape. That land includes creek access, adjacent trail signage and the most recent addition of an open-air shelter. The ceremony will be held on the east side of the park, at 3530 E. Douglas Avenue, directly across from Reno Memorial Dog Park.

  • Become A Monarch Monitor! Volunteers Will Play Integral Role in Restoration of Butterfly Habitat
  • May 03, 2016
  • Want to help restore the Monarch Butterfly population? Volunteers are needed to collect habitat data from locations across the park system twice a month from May to September. All collected data will be shared with the University of Minnesota's Larval Monarch Monitoring database to help scientists better understand monarch migration, life cycles, and host choice.

  • “Yoga at the Hub Spot” Begins Wednesday
  • May 02, 2016
  • Des Moines Parks and Recreation is pleased to welcome back our midday program called “Yoga at the Hub Spot” (215 Water Street). Every Wednesday during the months of May and June, take part in our 45-minute yoga program. Sessions will begin at 11:30 a.m. and will be taught by volunteer yoga instructors. Come join the fun over lunch and remember to bring a yoga mat or towel. This free series is perfect for participants of all ages and skill levels

  • BOB MAHAFFEY SHELTER DEDICATION TO BE HELD NEXT WEEK
  • May 02, 2016
  • The public is invited to attend the formal dedication of the Bob Mahaffey Shelter, named for the former councilman, at Grandview Park on Tuesday, May 10 at 12 p.m. The enclosed shelter is located at 2400 E. 32nd Street.

  • Celebrate Spring with “An Afternoon at the Arboretum”
  • April 29, 2016
  • Des Moines Parks and Recreation invites you to enjoy “An Afternoon at the Arboretum” at Ewing Park Lilac Arboretum (5300 Indianola Road) Saturday, May 7 from 1-3 p.m. While celebrating the annual bloom of over 200 varieties of lilacs, guests will be able to enjoy refreshments and lawn games including Croquet, Bocce Ball and Bags. This event is free and open to all ages.