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Wednesday, July 1 6:30 PM

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  • Neighborhood Revitalization Board

    Jul 01, 5:00 PM

  • City Council Meeting

    Jul 13, 4:30 PM

  • Greater Des Moines Sister Cities Commission Meeting

    Jul 14, 5:00 PM

  • Access Advisory Board meeting

    Jul 15, 12:00 PM

  • Plan & Zoning Commission Meeting

    Jul 16, 6:00 PM

  • Happy 4th of July

    Most city offices will be closed on Friday, July 3rd. All library branches will be closed on Friday & Saturday. Solid waste collection will be on regular schedule.


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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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  • 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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  • Disaster Grants Applications Available for Residents
  • July 01, 2015
  • Governor Terry E. Branstad issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for Polk County including the City of Des Moines as a result of recent severe weather and heavy rains during June 2015. The Governor’s proclamation allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of a severe storms that significantly impacted the county. Potential applicants have 45 days from the date of the proclamation or until August 10th to submit an application/claim.

  • July 01, 2015
  • The Independence Day holiday will not interrupt the solid waste collection schedule.

  • City Completes Cleanups, Streets Open for Rush Hour
  • July 01, 2015
  • City crews are completing the cleanup on roadways impacted by flood waters. The following streets will be open for rush hour traffic today.

  • Trails and Park Facilities High Water Updates
  • June 30, 2015
  • The following Trails are open: Riverwalk Neal Smith Walnut Creek Bill Riley trail remains closed at the railroad bridge The Simon Estes amphitheater is open. Grays lake Park and Carney Park remain closed.

  • June 30, 2015
  • Des Moines Parks and Recreation is pleased to announce the USA Rugby Club 7s National Championship will be held at the James W. Cownie Soccer Park August 8th and 9th of 2015 for the very first time.