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Park and Recreation Board Meeting
Tuesday, May 26 5:00 PM
Jun 02, 7:30 AM
Jun 16, 7:30 AM
May 26, 5:00 PM
Jun 03, 5:00 PM
Jun 04, 6:00 PM
Jun 08, 4:30 PM
Jun 09, 5:00 PM
May 27, 11:30 AM
May 27, 1:00 PM
May 28, 5:00 PM
May 28, 6:00 PM
May 29, 1:00 PM
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It's the 2015 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.
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.
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.
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.
Historic East Village is an eclectic neighborhood of restored historic properties, beautiful streetscapes, and urban living at the foot of the State Capitol.
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.
Des Moines Parks and Recreation is hosting “Dip Into Spring” Saturday May 23 from 10:00-11:30am at the Witmer Park pond (1610 34th Street). Participants of all ages can learn about the pond and dip nets into the water to find the animals that live there. All supplies are provided and dirty hands guaranteed! The fee is $3 for each participant. Registration is required and can be completed at www.dmgov.org
George Flagg Parkway from SW 30th Street to Park Avenue is now open.
Parks and Trails
High water remains on the Bill Riley Trail the Railroad Bridge. Alternative routes are available.
This week, the City of Des Moines Public Works Department began proactively treating 2,500 ash trees for infestation of the emerald ash borer beetle (EAB). On Thursday morning, May 21st the Public Works Department will host a public demonstration of the city’s method and equipment used to treat EAB in municipal ash trees.
Each camp is held over two weeks. Pop/rock camp sessions are June 15-18 and June 22-25. Hip-hop camp sessions are July 13-16 and July 20-23. All sessions of the camp will take place from 9:00 a.m. to noon Monday – Thursday at the RAILS Academy (1000 Porter Avenue) with a combined rehearsal on July 24. Students will form bands, learn and write songs, rehearse a program, and put on a live show at the Simon Estes Amphitheater on July 25. Cost for the program is $40 per student, per camp, per session. Music camps are GRASP eligible.
Des Moines Municipal Golf Courses will be offering a new junior golf program for youth ages 7-17. Sessions will be held at A.H. Blank Golf Course (801 County Line Road) on Thursdays June 4 – August 20. Beginners and intermediate level participants can choose from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. or 9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. classes. Advanced level classes will be held from 10:30a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
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