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    The City’s SCRUB Program (Spring Cleanup to Remove Urban Blight) allows residents to dispose of trash and yard debris at no cost. For a SCRUB calendar and guidelines click "More Info" below.

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  • Des Moines Wins All-America Award

    United Way of Central Iowa brings the All-America City Award (AACA) back to the City of Des Moines. This is Des Moines’ 6th AACA, topping the charts for most AACA received.

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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 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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  • FLASHBOARDS INSTALLED ON THE DES MOINES RIVER JUNE 27
  • June 26, 2017
  • The City of Des Moines will be installing flashboards on the Center Street Dam on Tuesday, June 27 at 7:30 a.m. Boaters on the Des Moines River and at Birdland Marina should be advised that starting the afternoon of Monday, June 26, water levels will be lower for 24 to 36 hours.

  • Removal of Cemetery Decorations Begins July 1
  • June 20, 2017
  • On July 1, weather permitting, Des Moines Parks and Recreation staff will begin the process of removing all cemetery memorial decorations placed on gravesites in the seven municipal cemeteries. Citizens who have decorated gravesites with materials they would like to keep must remove them by no later than Friday, June 30, from the following facilities:

  • City of Des Moines Becomes a Home Base Iowa Community Providing Incentives to Veterans to Live and Work within the City
  • June 20, 2017
  • The City of Des Moines joined Governor Kim Reynolds and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg today to announce the new designation as a Home Base Iowa (HBI) Community. Home Base Iowa continues to assist veterans and transitioning service members by connecting them with nearly 1,600 businesses, 21 college and university partners, and 65 other HBI communities statewide. See the list of City of Des Moines incentives for veterans here ( www.dmgov.org/hbi ) .

  • Press Conference TODAY at 9:30 AM to Reveal New Program for Transition Veterans
  • June 20, 2017
  • All are invited to attend a joint press conference to announcement a new City program to further support veterans.