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  • Rising Water Levels

    The most current information about water levels, detours, street closures and re-openings as well as recent press releases.


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  • Please Take The Survey

    To assess the impact of tree losses in our community, we invite private property owners to fill out an easy 3-step survey to help us know what our urban canopy will look like in the next 3-10 years. Please take 20 seconds to fill out the survey here…


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  • Clowns At The Carousel - August 2nd

    Clowns At The Carousel is August 2, 2015 starting at 4:00pm till 7:00 pm. It's all at Heritage Carousel located in Union Park of Des Moines, Iowa which is located at 725 Thompson Avenue. Don't miss this Free & Exciting event! We invite you to join us for a night of laughter, fun & entertainment at one of Des Moines, Iowa's greatest parks!


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  • Summer Music Camps

    Attention middle-school students: have a musical summer when you sign up for a summer music camp! Choose between pop/rock and hip-hop and get a chance to perform at the Simon Estes Amphitheater!


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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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  • Grays Lake Parks
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The City of Des Moines Park and Recreation department maintains 76 parks across Des Moines for you to enjoy. Use our Park locator below to find a park near you.

  • Downtown Business
Best Places for Business

The Des Moines area offers business costs below the national average and household incomes that are expected to increase annually.

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Have Idea for a New Business?

The Des Moines SCORE Chapter is sponsoring its SimpleSTEPS program for persons interested in opening a new business. It will be held at the West Des Moines DMACC Campus, June 8th - 29th.