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Urban Design Review Board Meeting

Tuesday, September 1 7:30 AM

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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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  • Volunteers Rewarded!

    Over 100 volunteers are needed to conduct counts and collect surveys in 20+ different locations on September 15 and 16 from 4:15 pm to 7:30 pm and on September 19 from 11:15 am to 2:30 pm. Be rewarded for your time with your choice of a free bike rental at Gray’s Lake Park for each time they volunteer or free 2016 Des Moines Mayor's Annual Ride registration!


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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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  • 7th & Grand Parking Garage Closing

    The 7th & Grand Parking Garage will be closed for demolition at midnight Friday, August 28th. Demolition will take about six months. Immediately following demolition, a new garage will be constructed in the vacated block of the west half of the old garage and former YWCA building. Anticipated completion is winter of 2017.


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  • Grays Lake Parks
  • Garbage Bucket

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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  • Tax Abatement Changes
Tax Abatement Changes

The City of Des Moines is proposing changes to the Tax Abatement program, which is currently set to expire at the end of 2015.